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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Taxi


"10 years away from home, everything has changed, and I don't know what to do anymore, all I need is a fresh start”,

Michael, 28 years old, married with two children and like many young men, he suffers a lot from the lack of job opportunities especially after being away for many years during the military service.

Michael did not complete his studies because he had to work at an early age to support his family; he worked in a pharmaceutical supplies...


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Musical Instrument


Death can sometimes break a family

“My father passed away twenty days ago unexpectedly and I have to be strong and work hard to provide for my family's needs”. Rober shared with us theses words with much sadness.

This talented young man ,26 years old, lives with his mother and his sister who works as a physical therapist. During the war in 2016, his father was wounded and became deaf.

Though he is still young, piano has been in all chapters in his...


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Beauty Center


Hope and dreams help people to survive

Nairy always dreamed of having her own beauty salon which would include nail care and makeup and her dream came true after applying to the Micro Projects. 

She is a 35 years old makeup and nail artist, who started working since 2009 in her house with some basics tools to help her mother because she is the only provider for her.

She learned the profession through her training with a beauty and nail expert and gained...


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Electric Tuk Tuk


Pierre lives with his family in a modest house which he managed to buy just before the beginning of the war, his married daughter and his granddaughter also live with them because her husband had to travel to Lebanon to work there. 

Pierre had to drop out of school in order to work and help his family to provide a decent income. He has worked with medical companies specialized in the pharmaceutical industry in transporting and distributing goods from warehouses for...


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Car inspection device


Garo is a hard-working man, who always wants to improve his skills.

The 47-years-old man has a lovely twins, Bareilly, and Areni. He repairs cars' electricity at his own workshop located in Al-Middan area where he started working in 2006 as an employer, and before that in 1997, he gained experience through his work in car agencies.

Because of his family's large expenses in addition to looking after his mother, Garo was unable to buy an inspection device despite his extreme need...


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Nail Care Kit


It is difficult for Mariana to be a strong woman with two young children and to be the only one responsible for them, especially after her divorce, in addition to the lack of a source of income for her children.

Many women who are financially dependent on their husbands in marriage make the mistake of continuing this dependence and Mariana had no work before her divorce which was a turning point in her life, but she did not want to give...


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Sewing Machines


Fadia 65 years old, lives in her home with her two children, Rouba and Malek. Last year, she left her job after 22 years of teaching French literature at the University of Aleppo; she had to resign because the salary isn’t enough to even cover the transportation cost.

Currently, she is teaching at a private school during the winter, while in the summer she pays attention to her special gift of drawing, where she is considered an artist who learned from...


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Taxi


Since the war started, most people have lost their jobs and had to work anything to cover their livelihood costs. one of those people is Joseph, 33 years old, who tried hard to find a job after he was discharged from the military.

Joseph lives with his parents after getting married and has bought some furniture from his military compensation because, perhaps one day, he will be able to have a rented house with his wife to be independent.

After finishing the...


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Laser cutting machine


After more than four years of studying law, Johnny didn’t want to continue on this career path.

Johnny was born into a family who loved working on a laser cutter machine, as it was his father’s profession, and he and his brother wanted to join him and gain experience.

the young man, 37 years old, lives with his mother and his aunt who works in a dispensary to meet her needs. His mother helped them in their workshop too.

A year after his...


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Barber Shop


George, 34 years old, was forced to leave his studies at a young age in order to work and become the main breadwinner for his family due to the difficult living conditions that the family suffered from after the death of his father.

He tried to work many jobs to provide an income until he found his passion in barbering and learned it at a barber shop near home, after a while he was able to become a professional and rent...


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Car suspension maintenance


Married life comes with a lot of responsibility and the 33-year-old young Armen has become the one in charge of his wife and his parents, who also live with them.

After serving 9 years in the army, Armin continues his major career in car suspension maintenance.

He could no longer live with his parents, so he had to move into his parents-in-law's house for a while until he found a suitable job so that he could take a rented house. 

Despite all the...


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Dental Clinic


Rafi is a 50 years old dentist, who lives alone in a rented house after losing everything as a result of the war; his home, clinic, family, and friends, in addition to all the money that he collected throughout his career on a trip to find better opportunities. 

As is the case with any other dentist, Rafi started his career with high enthusiasm in 2000 and he built a good reputation, then he bought his own clinic in 2005 where he...


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Sewing Workshop


A talented and determined man is the least that can be said to describe Samwel Skeif. He is in his fifties yet, he still has the will and strength to keep learning and investing in himself. He started at a very young age to support his parents with living demands and so he worked as a tailor assistant, but he was clever and skilled enough to learn the profession and start his own sewing workshop which he ran for years...


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Makeup and Nail Care


At the age of fifteen, Eva Alshehadeh started to work at a hairdressing salon to support her family, since then, she started to learn everything related to this career including hairdressing, makeup, and nail care which gave her good experience in the field. Her father was deceased and she was the supporter of her mother and siblings so she was doing her best to afford the living demands, challenging all the difficulties of work and her health condition as she...


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Makeup and Nail Care


Although she is still 22, Valentina was overloaded with life calamities and had to hold the responsibility of her family and her younger sisters in addition to taking care of her sick and heartbroken mother.

Valentina was living in safety and security with her family while her mother and father were doing their best to provide the best living circumstances for their girls. 

In 2013, this reality changed into a nightmare as their father was a victim of snipping while he was...


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Sewing Workshop


With more than 40 years of experience, Riadh Al-zawahra, a loving husband and father of two daughters Nour and Niveen, was still working as a tailor at a sewing workshop in Jaramana.

He started to learn the career at the age of ten, the same age he started to work and support his family then when he became experienced enough, he implemented all the steps of sewing and many workshops dealt with him.

During his life, Riahd was able to establish a...


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Sewing Workshop


Being a mother of three young kids never prevented Raheel from working and supporting her family to pass through the years of war, while still trying hard to support her husband during the deteriorating conditions.

Raheel is a determined lady who started working as a seamstress at a young age and even after she got married she kept working at her sewing workshop in Damascus, until 2014 when the security situation became critical so she moved with her family to live...


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Pick-up Truck


From a very modest but close-knit family who works to live, Beshara Al-mhanna was raised to become a hardworking man who started working at a young age to support his family.

He used to work in delivering vegetables on the village-city road but during wartime, the road became insecure and he decided to move to Damascus to study and work there. Beshara was a big-sized young man and as a result, he was exempted from military service so he kept working...


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Epoxy Art Crafts


“It all started with a video on YouTube”, this is how Samar Alzawahra explained her passion for her work. She is an English teacher who was living with her mother and siblings in Daraa governorate until 2016 when violent incidents increased in the city and they faced daily threats, so they decided to move to Damascus and rented a small flat in ALdwalaa.

She was transferred to a school in Damascus and continued her work as a teacher and was trying...


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Mobile Maintenance Shop


At a young age, Farhan Maher had to face great responsibilities as his father was exposed to a bus accident that left him paralyzed so he became the man of the house and responsible for his sisters, his mother, and his disabled father.

As a result, he had to work after school to afford the living expenses and after he graduated from the Financial and Banking Institute, he started to work as a mobile phone maintenance worker. Soon after he was...


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Barbershop


In a small humid basement, Yazan, his mother, sister, and his brother’s family were living and working together, struggling to afford their daily food under very difficult circumstances. 

Yazan started to work from a young age at a Barbershop trying to learn a career and secure his living at the same time, but in 2012 he was called for military service which lasted for nine hard years far from his family and unable to support them during the severe years of...


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Sewing Workshop


Kinda was living with her family and her mother in Harasta town in the countryside of Damascus where she worked as a teacher and in the afternoons at a sewing workshop with her mother while her husband was working as a goldsmith. Kinda and her family were living in comfort and security until the beginning of the Syrian war which turned their life upside down.

At the very beginning of the war, Harasta town was surrounded by armed forces and soon...


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Plumbing Equipment


From a close-knit family, Bassel Alkholy was raised to become a determined young man who started working at a young age to support himself and his family.

He used to live with his family in Al-Zabadani area in the countryside of Damascus and after turning 18, he started to work with his brothers as a plumber in the same area and at the same time enrolled at the faculty of law dreaming of becoming a lawyer in the future.

However, during wartime,...


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Pick-up Car


The ten years of military service that Yazan spent, made his life empty of any experiences or certificates, yet, he didn’t hesitate after his discharge in 2021 to start working as a delivery boy at a restaurant to afford his living and support his sick mother.

Yazan Basha is a 31-year-old man, single, lives with his mother in a small flat in Jaramana, his parents are separated and his older siblings are married which made Yazan hold the responsibility from a...


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