Micro-Projects is a livelihood-support program which helps family providers who had either lost their livelihood during the war, or aspire to be a productive and financially independent part of the community by starting their own income generating business. By financing their micro-projects, Christian Hope Center is helping Christian families to have a sustainable source of income, through the provision of equipment, machinery and tools. This will eventually mitigate the economic harm caused by increasing poverty and insecurity, preserve their dignity, and alleviate the calamities of war and the economic crisis, which will ultimately preserve the existence of an active Christian community in Syria. In addition to the Micro-Projects supported in Cities of Aleppo, Homs and Damascus, the program also supports families who rely on agriculture as their principal source of income in rural Homs.


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Aleppo

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Homs

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Damascus

Blacksmith


George was visited at his sister's house, where he lives with his family of four. They have been living with his sister's family for three years, sharing living expenses and rent.

George is married with two sons. He is originally from the Al-Jadida area in Idlib countryside, where he was settled with his family and owned a blacksmith shop equipped with full tools. However, the war forced them to leave their town in 2013 due to the unstable conditions and lack...


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Pharmacy


Areej, a pharmacist, is married with two children. She has worked tirelessly and diligently to achieve her goals in life.

Pharmacists encounter many people daily, requiring them to have patience which is a key quality that Areej possesses that helped her navigate the challenges of dealing with doctors and patients alike.

Areej is from Homs, she graduated from Al-Baath University with a degree in Pharmacy. After graduation, she worked as a representative for a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. However, due to the war,...


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Car Maintenance


George is married with two children, he works as an auto mechanic. He learned the trade from a young age and currently works in his brother's shop due to his inability to afford rental costs for his own place. During the war, he moved to Lebanon and continued working in auto repair. He had a set of tools in Aleppo, but most of them were stolen due to the lack of security in the area where he was working.

George suffered...


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Taxi


Yervant served his country for over 9 years, across most Syrian cities. However, in 2016, he sustained a shoulder injury that resulted in a 15% disability, leading to his reassignment to the back lines as a driver.

Yervant is married and has an newborn son. After giving birth, his wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, rendering her unable to care for their child. Consequently, her mother lives with them to help with the baby.

During his military service, Yervant was responsible for...


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Taxi


For fifteen years, Makardij has been serving at the Franciscan Sisters' Monastery with a modest salary. He lives with his son in a house borrowed from a relative.

Makardij once owned a Suzuki that he worked with, but during the war, he sold it in hopes of financing his travel abroad. Unfortunately, due to family circumstances, he lost the money, and his plan to travel fell through.

Despite the challenges, he remained resilient, driven by his desire to provide a better future...


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Taxi


"Thank God for everything", this is how Mr. Karabet began his conversation during the visit. Karabet is married and has a son and a daughter.

Currently, he works as a driver for a mobile-phone company, but with a low salary. He transports employees and goods between centers.

His daughter suffers from cerebral palsy due to a medical error during childbirth. He bought a car in partnership to work with, but he didn't keep it for more than three months because his daughter...


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Motor Winding


Samir is married and has two sons. He works in motor rewinding and repairs all industrial tools. His father used to have an aluminum manufacturing plant, but due to the war, the plant was completely looted and destroyed. These successive events took a toll on the family, and his father sadly passed away.

After losing the plant at the beginning of the war, Samir decided to take his family and move to start a new life. He chose to go to...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


"You are my brothers, and your visit today is a blessing from the Lord"

This is how Alaa welcomed us during our visit. He is the breadwinner for a family of four children and his wife. His daughters are in school, one son is serving in the army, and the other son left school to help him at work. Alaa currently works as a guard at the Farhat Square area, a gathering place for three churches.

Alaa and his family, along with...


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Car Body Repair


George is married and has one child, he lives with his family in a rented house. 

He learned his profession from a young age and is a well-known craftsman in the area as he works with passion and says that his profession is a part of his life.

When the earthquake hit, his home was damaged and became uninhabitable, forcing him to rent a house to protect his family.

When misfortunes come, they come together; he was still coping with the loss of...


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Laser Machine


Naeem is a young man, married, and has a child. He was called to military service in 2017 and served for six years. During his military service, his expatriate brother supported him to meet all his financial needs throughout his service in Aleppo. 

With determination and effort, Naeem continued working in the goldsmithing field, but as an apprentice. He worked hard and tried to save a little money to pursue the dream he had been striving for since childhood.

Immediately after his...


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Veterinary Clinic


Ahmad, 42 years old, is a veterinarian who has been working in this profession since 2006. He is the father of two girls, and his wife is training to become a lawyer. Dr. Ahmad is also a volunteer with the Rifq Association for Animal Care.

Ahmad loves his profession very much and has worked diligently, developing significantly in his field. In 2017, he moved to a larger clinic where he performs all types of surgeries for animals. He has a big...


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Car Electrician


Rafi Kazanjian, 48 years old, is the head of a modest family of four. He began learning the auto electrical trade in 1990 and became a business owner in 2011.

Rafi worked hard to become independent and secure a good income for his family, but the war was not fair to him. The location of his shop turned into a semi-disaster area due to its closeness to the conflicts, making it difficult for customers to reach. This forced him to work...


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Mini-Market


Growing up amidst the struggles of inflation in his country, Rustom became the hope for his family. As the only son among his parents and two sisters, he felt the weight of responsibility early on in life.

While his father, a retired journalist, and his mother, a retired teacher, relied on their meager pensions, his sisters, university educators, contributed as much possible, but it was clear that it wasn't enough, thus Rustom took matters into his own hands.

From a young age,...


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Hair Salon


Alimar, a diligent young lady from Qattinah village, found herself at a crossroads after graduating from the commercial institute. With limited job prospects, she turned her passion for beauty into a source of income, offering services to clients in their homes. Despite the challenges, she remained steadfast in her dream of owning a beauty salon.

Her journey wasn't without hardships; her father's health setback forced him to leave his hairstyling job, but Alimar inherited his skills and determination. She seized every...


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Nail Care Kit


After her father's passing, Rasha became the pillar of strength for her family, at just 15, she set aside her dreams of education to support her mother and younger brother. For eight years, she toiled tirelessly in a nail polish factory, the weight of responsibility heavy on her shoulders. The wages barely sustained them and the displacement from Homs to Fairouza village only deepened their struggles.

Trusting someone to handle their financial affairs led to devastating consequences. The scam drained their...


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Mini-Market


In the heart of Qattinah village, Dima stood like a fragile flower against the harsh winds of fate. Alone, with two children, she dared to dream of a brighter tomorrow.

Her husband's mysterious absence cast a shadow over their house, leaving behind unanswered questions after his travel to Lebanon two years ago.

With the support of her family, she resolved to carve her own path and shoulder the weight of dependence. Yet, she always wanted to have her own project and provide...


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Handmade Candles


Micheline's life took a turn when her husband had to leave for mandatory military service, moving back in with her parents, she felt the weight of their financial struggles. With her economic institute background and previous work at a candle manufacturing workshop, she hoped to contribute to her family's income. However, without proper tools and equipment, her ambitions were hindered. 

Determined to make a difference, she applied to the Micro Projects Program, with the assistance, she could finally set up a...


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Children’s Recreation Center


Manar, armed with a PHD in children's education, embarked on a mission to address a pressing need in her community, a haven where parents could entrust their children for specific durations. In October 2022, she unveiled her micro-project in a modest rented space, with enthusiasm. Despite its compact size, the center offered enriching toys and games, from sand games to mental challenges, catering to every child's interests.

Juggling her role as a mother of two daughters and her husband's absence due...


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Nail Care Kit


Maya, a diligent young woman from Qattinah village, faced challenges in pursuing her passion for nail care. With determination, she juggled her studies in chemistry at Al-Baath University while honing her skills through training courses. Five years ago, she embarked on a journey, initially working from home until the borrowed tools were reclaimed, leaving her jobless. Undeterred, she sought employment at a salon to help in sustaining her family of five.

For two years, she worked tirelessly, accumulating experience. Yet, Maya...


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Shoe and Bag Store


Maryanne, a determined young woman from Fairouza village, took an essential role in her family's well-being. With her father's plumbing income and her mother who is a housewife, their life was modest. 

In November 2022, aided by her sister and father, she opened a shoe and bag store in a rented shop balancing her studies with managing the store was challenging, but Maryanne persisted. However, as economic strains tightened, restocking the shop became hard. 

Hope surged when she received assistance from the...


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Wall Painting & Spraying Equipment


Mowafak, a skilled wall painter with over 24 years of experience from Fairouza village. He's honed his craft between different locations like Homs, Damascus, and Lebanon, gaining a wealth of skills. 

He shoulders the responsibility of being the sole breadwinner for his family, including his wife and three children. He also cares for his ailing mother-in-law, who has been living with them since a stroke left her paralyzed, in addition to his mother.

Recognizing the seasonal nature of house wall painting, he...


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Wall Painting & Spraying Equipment


Following his divorce, Milad lived alone in Fairouza village, in a farm owned by one of his acquaintance who lives in America, and he diligently cared for the property.

Since 1995, he had made a living as a skilled wall painter and sprayer. But misfortune struck when his equipment was stolen from a construction site. With resilience, he decided to rent an electric generator and an air compressor to continue his work. However, this decision meant a significant drain on his...


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Wheat and Potato Land


Izzat is a dedicated farmer from Qattinah village, with a family to support, he refused to let challenges deter him, despite losing land to conflict, he and his wife, Nazeera, persevered as their livelihood depended on it.

Retiring in 2012, he poured his energy into farming, relying on potatoes and wheat to sustain his family. However, the scars of war appeared in the shape of landmines and trenches ruined his fields, demanding costly rehabilitation.

To reclaim what was lost, he sought assistance...


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Vegetables and Wheat Land


Faraj, a dedicated father and hardworking driver, found himself facing immense challenges after the war. With his two sons seeking opportunities abroad and his daughter pursuing her education, he solely shouldered the responsibility of providing for his family.

Hailing from a family of farmers, he relied on his agricultural land for sustenance. However, the theft of his farming equipment, particularly the vital irrigation system, caused a severe damage to his livelihood. With only a portion of his land irrigated, Faraj struggled...


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Barber Shop


Bassam Zaitoun 38, a man of humble beginnings, is married to Sulaf Taweel and has a 4-year-old cute girl called Tatiana who was the source of hope and happiness in their lives despite the challenges they faced.

Bassam was a skilled barber, a craft he had learned in his village where he established his own barbershop and worked tirelessly for 23 years. However, the crisis has weighed heavily on the overall situation especially in Bassam's village as many have moved to...


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Mini Van


Elias's journey was marked by hard work and perseverance as he started from an early age to provide for himself and support his family.  He is married to Wedian Janoura and they live in a modest home in Al-Dwalaa where they had their two sons; Loran born in 2010, and Sairj in 2013.

From his early days, Elias worked as a farmer in his hometown of Hamra village then moved between various jobs such as in an engineering office and later...


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Homemade Meals & Sweets


Cozet Al-Ashhab is 40 years old and married to Louay Alomar, a loving and supportive husband. Her love for confectionery started at an early age, a passion nurtured over the years as her journey began in 2005 when she found her peace and joy in her kitchen creations, and despite hurdles, her resolve remained unyielding.

However, life was not easy for Cozet and through the years of war she had to work and provide for herself and her family so she...


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Sewing Workshop


Margaret is still in her twenties, yet she carries burdens far beyond her years. She grew up in a modest family with poor financial conditions, which forced her to take on responsibilities at a young age; she started working as a saleswoman in a clothing store to cover her expenses and help her parents as much as she could. She later got married and moved to her husband's village, where she worked in a sewing workshop, hoping that her marriage...


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Nail care Kit


With great determination and faith, Odet Ibrahim 34, insisted on continuing her life and moving forward, challenging the failed marriage experience that ended in separation without allowing despair and sadness to creep into her heart. She became responsible for her daughter Joelle and wanted to provide her with the best means of life, so she returned to live in her parent's house trying to secure a safe environment for her daughter.

Odet began her professional life in 2008 when she and...


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Electricity Generator


Abeer, the affectionate wife, and devoted mother, always placed her family first, even before herself, and although her life was filled with challenges and hardships, she never lost hope.

She is 51, married, and was living with her husband in Aleppo where she commenced her professional life as an employee in a private company in 2000, but left her job ten years later to dedicate herself to raising her two sons Marcel and Daniel.

In 2012, her husband's silver workshop was hit...


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Homemade Meals


Samar Haddad, 49, is married with two sons, Amer born in 1995, balanced freelance work with studies at the Trade and Economic University,  and Wadei, born in 1999, juggled employment with his education at Damascus University's media faculty.

Samar started her working life in 2008, as a home-based cook until 2018 when she decided to go further in this career and gained a chef certification in both Eastern and Western cuisines determined to enhance her work.

However, as a result of their...


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Photography Equipment


With a passion for capturing sweet moments and telling stories through his lens, Majd Deeb 34, had always dreamed of turning his love for photography and videography into a full-fledged career. 

He is newly married to Rita Aleid, who is a dedicated doctor specializing in hematology and oncology, and supported Majd's ambitions wholeheartedly.

Majd's journey in the world of visual arts began after graduating from the College of Applied Arts as he started his professional career at Sama TV in 2014, working...


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Solar Power Installations


During the past decade, Attallah had a tumultuous journey marked by displacement, loss, and insecurity. He is 39, married, and has a five-year-old son called Hanna.

As a result of the war in Syria, his life was turned upside down especially since he was living in Al-Zababdani area which witnessed severe conflicts at the beginning of the crisis causing losses and displacement to many of its residents including Attallah whose house was destroyed completely and all his furniture and work equipment...


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Taxi


Since his youth, Mouab's life was full of challenges and difficulties, but he never lost hope, and by continuing to work hard, he was able to overcome all obstacles and reach his goals. 

Mouab began his work during his university education as he took jobs in various fields, from working in a packaging factory to working as a guard trying his best to support himself and his family. In 2013 Mouab was kidnapped for 10 days, tortured and beaten, and had...


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Taxi


Yaser Al-Jaber, 49, is a caring father and husband who lives along with his wife and kids on the ground floor at his parents' house in Al-Dwallaa, while his elderly parents and his two sisters Suhaila and Rihab reside upstairs.

Yaser had worked for years in elevators' installation, dealing with heavy loads and demanding effort. However, an accident in 2011 changed everything as he fell from the fourth floor and was left with multiple fractures, shattered bones in his left arm,...


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