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Sabastião Rosario Formiga - Mozambique

In 1989, Sabastião lost his right leg below the knee to a landmine while serving in the Military. In March of 2003, Sabastião began receiving LSN services.

Sabastião was very interested in working as a fisherman near the town of Nicoadala. However, to purchase a boat and a good net is very expensive and to work as a fisherman, often you need many workers and trusted employees to help sell the fish at the market while others are fishing.

Tome, the Outreach Worker in Nicoadala, realized that there were several survivors who were also interested in working as a fisherman but also could not afford the boat or handle the business all by themselves. LSN Mozambique then decided to try something new. They had all three survivors work together and purchased a boat and a net for the survivors. This way, one can be in charge of the fishing while the others go to the market to sell the fish.

The three survivors seem to be very happy with this situation and have a lot of trust and respect for the other survivors that they work with. The three survivors share the profits of the business, which is able to support their families. They state that not only do they now have a good business but they have also gotten to know the other survivors much better and often talk about issues related to being an amputee.

View the next profile: Rodrigues Jofinar

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