Arletis Francis, 26, photographed here at one of Havana's beloved salsa clubs, grew up in Guantanamo and came to Havana to study engineering. "I was so sad to leave my family but I knew I had to come here if I wanted to study," she says. She currently teaches computer skills to high school students and teaches salsa dancing on the side. "My dream is to become a professional salsa dancer but is it very difficult. You have to get special papers to get the jobs that pay well, she explains. "Actually, even now I make less as a computer teacher than a dancer and I also love to dance," she adds. Of Cuban women, she says "we are strong, fight hard, wake up every day to solve our family's problems and we are resilient."