Carmen* is the single mother of three children who used to work picking coffee and helping with other seasonal agricultural activities to provide for her children. One day while she was looking for firewood for her stove she heard a click and thought it was the snapping of a dry twig: it was a landmine. Her foot was blown off, she bled profusely and lost consiousness.
The Social and Economic Integration Project (SEIP) developed by FURWUS, a Nicaraguan foundation sponsored by the ICRC’s Special Fund for the Disabled provided Carmen with a new prosthesis and a small grant to improve her little business of selling second-hand clothes. The SEIP project also provided her with a new sewing machine to alter clothing to fit her customers.
At present Carmen is an active member of her community and a great example of a person who has achieved a better quality of life, in spite of her disability, thanks to her own willpower… and her new prosthesis.
*Name changed to protect privacy.
©ICRC / W. Validivia
Carmen in her store-room showing the bundles of second-hand clothes she sells.