Beneficiary: George Aous
Fund Date: 03/2022
Age: 53 years old
Family members: 4
Skills and experience: 6 years of experience in sales
It has been 9 years now, but I still remember the day we fled our hometown, Yabroud, in the countryside of Damascus; I used to live there along with my wife and my two daughters Maria and Carol.
My daughter Carol was born with a mental disability and needed a lot of care and attention so I had to stay close and I transformed a room of our house into a small shop where I started to sell drinks. My income was good enough to secure a good life, but this all changed after 2011. Yabroud was sieged by armed groups and we lived in terror under violence and harsh livelihood conditions.
Soon after, I began to receive daily and direct threats because of my work, they asked me to leave the town, or I will be executed. I was so concerned about the safety of my family so I decided to take them and flee out of the town leaving everything behind.
In 2013, our journey of displacement and misery began; we headed to Jaramana where we rented a house for three years and lived in a state of loss and depression, hoping that someday we could go back to our previous life.
After we spent all of our savings, we were convinced that we may never return home, so I had to create my own opportunity, I started to work as a bike peddler selling plastic materials. I used to tour from street to street and face all the challenges and difficulties to secure a living for my daughters. However, it wasn’t easy for me to pay the house rent, my daughter’s medication, and the daily needs, but I kept trying until I reached a point of overwhelming that I lost hope.
I prayed to God and his great mercy, and I received the answer after applying to the Micro-project program as I was supported with the needed goods that will enable me to once again have my own shop, restore my independency, have a sustainable income, and provide my family with dignified livelihood.