Twin sisters started cigar company with only a $500 investment — and now they're shipping nationwide

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Narrator: Yvette and Yvonne are used to standing out.

In 2014, the twin sisters started their own brand of cigars, called Tres Lindas Cubanas. Since then, they're often the only Afro-Cuban women in a room full of men.

Yvonne Rodriguez: Imagine walking into a door where you wanna sell your cigars, and they don't even think that you smoke cigars, you know? We don't start at zero. We start at negative five.

Yvette Rodriguez: We still get 20 questions, like an interrogation, to find out if we know anything about cigars, if this is really our brand. Questions I don't hear anybody asking anyone else.

Narrator: The doubtful stares didn't stop them from putting their identity at the forefront of their business.

Their three cigar blends pay homage to Cuban women: La Clarita, la Mulata, andla Negrita. All Spanish words used to describe skin tones of women.

Yvonne: A lot of people ask us, 'How do you guys do it? You're a woman, you're black, and you're Latina, and I think that those are positives . . .

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