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Antonio Assiate Martins - Mozambique

In 1971, while serving in the military, Antonio lost his left leg above the knee in a landmine accident. Since the accident, Antonio has been living in the small town of Nicoadala, which is approximately a 45-minute drive from Quelimane the Provincial Capital. In December of 2001, Antonio began to receive LSN services, first in the form of peer support and then later he received Direct Assistance in order to support him, his wife and his three young children.

LSN provided Antonio with used clothing to sell as well as rent for a small stall in the local market. The Outreach Worker, Tome was also fundamental in helping Antonio receive the proper paper work and license needed to rent the market stall. Tome also assisted the survivor with a business plan that would allow him to record his profits and gave him advice on how to save money in order to purchase additional merchandise. Since then, Antonio has not only been able to pay his own rent for the market stall but has also expanded his merchandise to include flip-flops and traditional cloths. Often his wife and his children help out around the market stall.

His business has been so successful that recently Antonio purchased a new bicycle that helps him get to and from the market. It is one of his most prized possessions.

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