Cubans talk about their hopes for the future
26 July 2013 Last updated at 09:52 BST
Cuba is marking 60 years since the assault on the Moncada barracks led by the Castro brothers - the first act of the island's socialist revolution.
The rebels' goal was a more equal, just society, but ever since Soviet subsidies to the island were cut, Cuba's government has been struggling to keep the system afloat.
It recently launched a series of economic and social reforms that are changing Communist Cuba, opening it up - like never before.
So on this anniversary, our Cuba correspondent Sarah Rainsford has been speaking to people about their lives today - and their hopes for the future.