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Sichuan man helps disabled earn a living

Publish Time: 2018-05-08 Author: From: chinadaily.com.cn
 Chen and his wife pose for a photo at their shop in Yanmen. (Photo by Duan Jinzhe/provided to chinadaily.com.cn)

As the saying goes, that which does not kill us makes us stronger. 41-year-old Chen Shuangcheng, who lost his left leg at the age of 19, now helps people with disabilities in his hometown escape poverty.

The clothes shop Chen runs at Yanmen town in Wenchuan county, Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province, focuses on making Qiang ethnic costumes.

"I earned a gross revenue of around 80,000 yuan ($12,566) through selling Qiang ethnic costumes in 2017," Chen said.

He never thought he would open a clothes shop after graduating from high school at the age of 19 and finding a job at a hydropower station.

After working in the hydropower station for just one month, an accident left Chen with one leg.

"At that time, I felt so hopeless. I did not want to live," Chen said.

"However, thanks to my family's and friends' encouragement, I survived the difficulty and regained my confidence in life," he added.

Two workers make Qiang embroidery at Chen's clothes shop in Yanmen on May 8, 2018. (Photo by Yao Yao/chinadaily.com.cn) 

In 2006, Chen took part in the Sichuan Games of Disabled Persons held in Chengdu, where he won the men's singles badminton title. Later, he competed in the badminton event at the games held in 2010 and 2014, winning silver in the latter.

His competition experiences made him realize he was not alone, seeing many disabled people who cherish life and work hard.

Chen opened the clothes shop with his wife Zhu Xiuqiong, who learned how to make Qiang ethnic costumes and the embroidery of the Qiang ethnic group when she was 13 years old.

Life, for a time, was better. However, a magnitude-8.0 earthquake hit the county on May 12, 2008, devastating the town and Chen's clothes shop.

This time Chen did not lose hope. "The earthquake had influence on me. Many neighbors were distressed, but I felt I had to keep on living since I survived the deadly earthquake," he said.

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