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

Espresso and Refreshments


Anwar is married, he lives in his wife's grandmother’s house because he can’t afford to buy or rent a house on his own, he works in an old plumbing shop and the business is very slow; there’s a lot of plumbing shops in the same neighborhood therefore the income is little especially considering that he is the provider for his mum and brother. “I have a brother living abroad and he sends me some money every few months, but I need to feel self-dependent and this project is the only way so I can stand on my feet again.”

Fast Food


Fareed is single, living with his parents and two sisters; one of them is a teacher and the other is a college student, he is currently working in a fast food place. “During the war I had to leave my studying and get two jobs in order to provide for my family; I worked in spare parts for cars in the morning and in this shop at night, my sister and I are the only working members in our home, my...


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Clothes' Accessories Workshop


George applied to receive support for opening a clothes’ accessories workshop. He had a rented workshop in Sheik Maqsoud area before the crisis began; it was destroyed, and the equipment were robbed. He’s currently a worker in another workshop. His father used to work at a factory outside Aleppo until he was kidnapped during the fighting and the family was asked for ransom. The father currently works in an ice cream shop during the summer. One of George’s brothers is recruited in...


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Daroz Espresso Shop


In 2006 Andraws’s father bought a shop to sell coffee but the shop was shut down after a short time because the owner had some financial issues and he travelled abroad before dealing with them. Recently the owner of the shop dealt with the financial issues and Andraws decided to reopen the shop to sell coffee which was the first idea. He finished his military service before a short time after a long service that lasted for eight years. He lives with his...


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Barber's Shop


The shop is in the Jabrye area, it was shut down for 4 years during war, there was a sniper in this area. The place now needs repairing and maintenance; the equipment is old and outdated and some of it was robbed because the glass frontal shattered so it was easy to break in and steal the stuff. “sometimes I go to open the shop then bombs and missiles fall nearby so I run out of the shop quickly. My wife was injured in her left hand by a mortar shell that fell on our house, I have three daughters all still in school” The wife is trying to find a job and the church is helping with the school payments. This shop can change this family’s life and give hope for a brighter future.

EAT


Jean is married and he has 2 daughters, he used to have a fast food restaurant in Sryan-Adime but he had to close it because the people of this area left and they were displaced because it became too dangerous to stay there during the war. “when the restaurant closed I took my family and left to Jordan and I tried to work there but we didn’t feel very welcomed so we came back to Aleppo and I worked for a...


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Mini Market


He is a married man who has two daughters. He takes aids from the Maristes and they also help him with the rent of his house. During the crisis he was hit by a missile when he was walking in the street which led to two major injuries in his head and his leg. Because of the injury in his right leg it became shorter and he cannot walk very well. He also has asthma. He had a shop for blacksmithing in Al-arkoub, and he stopped working there since the beginning of the crisis in Aleppo. He wants to have a mini market with an espresso machine to provide a stable income for his family. He is full of hope that someone will know about his suffering and will give him the needed help to start his life again despite all the difficulties that he had faced.

Mini Market


He is a single man who lives with his mother. He used to work in a shop to make jewelry before the crisis in Aleppo, but the owner of the shop travelled so he stopped working in this field. When his two brothers travelled out he had to work in the shop to help with the income. His father was kidnapped in 2014 while he was coming back from Kasab to Aleppo and they do not know any thing about him...


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Pastry Shop


I moved my job outside Aleppo because my workshop was in a very dangerous area almost fully ruined, but the equipment got stolen in the moving process and I lost the chance of a new beginning, now I need to start over once again but I still have the determination of being here and I hope to get back to work soon through the help of this initiative, and make something "sweet" out of this whole crisis.

Car Alternators Shop


Before the crisis my situation was as good as everyone else, I had some savings. During the crisis, I spent them,I used to live in a rented house in Midan, and now I live in a house provided for me by a friend. I’m married, and the provider of my family, my sister, and my mother. My mother has a retirement salary, and my sister started working not long ago. Business is currently not going very well, because of the...


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Supermarket


“I’m single and I live with my father and sister, my father is gravely sick and my sister can’t work because she looks after him.” They didn’t leave Aleppo at all since the crisis began 7 years ago. “I work in Aluminum crafting, it’s my main profession. I lost my job at the beginning of the war; my workshop was located on the fire lines in Midan. I started working in food distribution for charity organizations and sometimes merchants. On...


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Caoutchouc Compressors.


We suffered a lot during wartime, my house was in Bustan al-Basha area, I used to work in the industrial scales and when the armed troops went in we were displaced and we rented a house in the relatively safe areas. I learned later that my house was fully ruined, I had to work in anything just to provide some income for my family, I sold vegetables on the streets then I found a job in the rubber molds and compressors industry which I had to learn. Now I want with the help of this initiative to open a workshop and buy some equipment and that’s way I can start a new life with a big hope for the future and to increase my income to secure a good life for my family. My message for the Christians abroad is “God bless you and give you the strength”

Cosmetics Shop


Sawsan, a wife and mother of two, faced the challenges of her husband's tiring profession in stone cladding, which took a toll on his health. Despite the hardships, he persevered, as there seemed to be no alternative. Witnessing his struggles, Sawsan decided to take matters into her own hands to support their family.

However, fate had other plans when she suffered a stroke, leaving her unable to work or exert herself. Determined to find a solution, she wanted to open a...


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Coffee Shop


After her husband's tragic death, Rimonda became the sole provider for their four children. Working for 8 years in a local coffee and sweets shop, she faced another blow when the shop owner decided to close it. Determined to secure a stable income for her family, she discovered the Micro Projects Program.

Realizing this could be her long-awaited opportunity, she envisioned establishing her own project, especially considering their village, Qattinah, had no other coffee shops. Rimonda applied for a coffee shop that would offer fresh coffee, chocolates, and juice. 

Fortunately, her project was approved, now, as an independent micro-business owner, Rimonda has not only created a source of income for her family, but also ensured a dignified life for them.

Electronic Devices Maintenance


Adnan, a retired electronic engineer living in Fairouza village, faced financial challenges after retirement, relying solely on a modest pension to support his family. Undeterred, he turned to his lifelong passion for electronic devices maintenance, a skill he cultivated since 1995. However, his work was hindered by the severe lack of electricity in his area and the absence of a suitable chair for his tasks.

Adnan, being the sole provider for his eighth-grade son, improved his work when a solar power...


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Sewing Machines


Manal, a skilled seamstress, faced challenges after leaving her job due to the war in Homs, because she couldn’t travel every day between her village Qattinah and Homs city. 

Determined to support her family, she turned to her sewing expertise; despite having old machines, she lacked the means to start her small business. 

With perseverance, she sought assistance from the Micro Projects Program. Today, thanks to this support, Manal has the tools she needs, with renewed hope, she stitches together a brighter days for her husband Bashar and their two children in Qattinah. 

Mini-Market


In Fairouza village, Nassouh and his wife Fahima work side by side, jointly managing a mini-market they established in 2020 to provide for their family. Their younger son seeks better opportunities in Lebanon, while the eldest, resides with them in the village. 

The mini-market offers a variety of food commodities and dairy products. Recently, their thriving business encountered a challenge when the refrigerator stopped due to an unreliable energy supply. The inadequate power led to the spoilage of numerous dairy products,...


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Mini-Market


Amany and Khalil, residents of Qattinah village, opened their mini-market back in 2005 in partnership with Khalil's brother, aiming to support their three daughters and son. 

In 2023, the couple had to take the full responsibility of the shop. Unfortunately, this weakened their capital, leading to a scarcity of goods and impacting their income. 

Desperate to save their livelihood, Amany turned to the Micro Projects Program and her application was approved, breathing new life into their mini-market. 

Now, restocked and thriving, the shop stands as their hope of securing a good life for their family. 

Olive, Almond, and Beans Land


In Qattinah village, Elias a farmer and family man, works tirelessly to provide for his wife and three children. 

Between the beans, olive, and almond trees in his precious land, he faced the challenge of soaring agricultural expenses, particularly the escalating costs of plowing that consumed his hard-earned profits. Being the sole provider, he juggled his time between farming and a mini-market job, just to ensure his family a dignified life.

The solution to this problem laid in having a mini-cultivator, an...


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Welding Workshop


Salim's life took a drastic turn with the outbreak of war in 2011. A skilled car mechanic with a thriving workshop in the industrial area of Homs, he owned a house in Al-Sabeel neighborhood and a car. However, when conflict forced Salim, his wife, and their three children to seek refuge in Al-Arman neighborhood, his stable life crumbled.

Jobless and facing the harsh reality of war, he resorted to selling his car for survival. As chaos intensified, their house in Al-Sabeel...


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Olive Land


Elias, a husband and father in the village of Qattinah, found himself facing financial strain as he and his wife, Nazha, worked tirelessly to provide for their family. With two sons living in Lebanon, he took on the responsibility of caring for their olive land. The cost of plowing weighed heavily on his shoulders, threatening their main source of livelihood.

Determined to overcome this challenge, Elias turned to the Micro Projects Program for support. Applying for a mini-cultivator proved to be...


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Hairstyling


Nidaa, a retired civil engineer, and her husband, a retired teacher, faced financial challenges as their two sons pursued university education. In 2016, she took a bold step to work in a hair salon, learning basic hairstyling skills. However, due to insufficient income and the inability to work independently, she left in 2020. 

With the deepening economic crisis, Nidaa, determined to contribute to her family's income, decided to utilize her hairdressing skills at home, operating with minimal tools, which proved challenging,...


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Floor Grinding and Polishing


Mamdouh and his wife Faten have faced many challenges since they were displaced from their home village, Al-Dwair, in 2013. With two children, they rebuilt their lives in Al-Arman neighborhood, residing in a rented apartment. 

The loss of their home, his job, car, and motorcycle were a devastating loss. He is a dedicated teacher since 1985, also had a career in floor grinding and polishing since 1976. However, his work was hampered by the lack of electricity and essential tools. The...


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Floor Grinding and Polishing


Nano has been working in floor grinding and polishing since 1995, he faced numerous challenges over the years. With a family to support, including his wife and two children, his primary goal was to secure a stable income.

In 2013, the unthinkable happened, his family was displaced from their home in Al-Dwair village due to the war and forced to relocate to Fairouza village. Amidst the chaos, he managed to carry his equipment with him, a valuable asset he had preserved...


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Kitchen


Tareiz El-Shamas is a resilient woman who faced life's challenges with a strong heart and unwavering determination. Through the ups and downs of her marriage, which culminated in divorce in 2007, Tareiz embarked on a new journey, taking full responsibility for her two children, Tala and Issa. Despite the setbacks, she didn't hesitate to turn her passion and talent for cooking into a source of income.

Tareiz quickly garnered admirers with her delicious cooking, leading to her being hired as a...


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Mini-Van


Hani Al-Btros is a humourous and optimistic man, originally from Egypt but moved to Syria in 1998 and since then he worked, got married, and established a beautiful family.

Hani has always been skilled in sales and worked for several companies in that field, both as a sales representative and in marketing but during the crisis, work became less profitable and he started to suffer financial hardships so he decided to travel to Dubai seeking better job opportunities.

However, after spending few...


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Beauty Center


Jakleen's path took an unexpected turn when the crisis struck and she found herself living with her sister's family. In a cramped rental home, where space was scarce and comfort was a luxury, Jakleen's determination burned brighter than ever.

With her sister Josephine, a diabetic battling her own health struggles, and another sister Deema by their side, Jakleen embarked on a journey through the world of beauty working at a beauty salon trying her best to secure her living during the...


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Taxi


Since he was a child, Naser Al-mhanna suffered from his big size and he had to face many obstacles in his life as a result, but he didn’t hesitate at any time to work hard and take responsibility for himself and his family; he started to work as a truck driver delivering fruits and vegetables between his village to the city of Damascus. During work time, he was exempted from military service because of his big size but he didn’t...


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Beverages Shop


Determined to stay in the country, Wissam Al-Salameh decided to overcome all life obstacles and build his life in Syria.

He is 36, married, and has a lovely son called George. Before the war started, Wissam worked as a Barista in several restaurants in Bab Toma until 2011 when the security situation deteriorated and his work started to worsen so he decided to travel to Lebanon in order to have better job opportunities. He found a job as a gardener and...


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Pick-up Truck


Antoun Haddad is a salesperson in his thirties who lives with his parents in an old Arabic house in Bab Touma. His father works at a Goldsmith workshop and his mother is a housewife, recovering at home after a long suffering from cancer.

He started working as a salesperson in 2018 at Nestlé company but since then, he has been seeking to have his own business so he opened a snack restaurant in Jaramana which only lasted for six months due...


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Taxi


Having a life transformation from stability and security to a life full of dangers and fear is what Marwan and his family have been through during the past years.

For more than 12 years, Marwan has worked at Kabbour company as a private driver, having a good income and enjoying a comfortable lifestyle.

However, all of that changed after the outbreak of the war in Syria as the company he was working for was closed, while his house in Kashoul was exposed...


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Taxi


Michel Al-Tarsheh was a happy man, living with his family in a beautiful house in Adraa, Damascus suburbs, having a sustainable income, and enjoying a peaceful lifestyle until 2011, when everything turned upside down.

His first loss began when the armed groups attacked the area they were living in forcing them to flee under heavy shooting without being able to take any of their belongings. After that day Michel’s life changed completely as he rented a small flat in Jaramana for...


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Otolaryngology Clinic


Amjad Doumat's journey is one of determination and purpose, marked by his relentless pursuit of excellence in the medical field. Born in 1992, he embarked on a path that would lead him to become a specialist in otolaryngology.

The newlywed is yet to experience the joys of parenthood, residing in a rented home in Dwalaa. His professional journey began as a resident physician at the Red Crescent Hospital in 2019, following two years of service at a medical center in Jaramana...


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Taxi


Salem Al-Zawahra, 31, is living with his parents and brother in an old house in Kashkoul, he started his life as a hairdresser and stayed in the career until 2013 when he was called for military service, during which he was exposed to several injuries that caused him a back disc and infection leaving him with 30% disability and he was discharged from the service in 2020 as a result of his health condition.

Unfortunately, he was discharged during the coronavirus...


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Mobilephone Maintenance


Fadi is one of the skilled, determined men who works for his living and does not accept to lean on others' support. He is 36, single, and lives with his mother and brothers in a rented flat in Kashkoul. Fadi started his life as a plumber and didn’t mind doing any maintenance work to support his family but in 2012, he was called for military service where he spent the next nine years of his life.

He was discharged from the...


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Auto-Mechanics Workshop


Abdo was still in school when the war started, which affected his educational progress leading him to leave school and work at his uncle's goldsmith workshop until 2015, then when the work decreased, he moved between several jobs trying to handle his expenses and support his parents, but in 2017 he was called for military service so he decided to travel to Lebanon to continue working there because his family was depending on his support to survive.

In Lebanon, Abdo worked...


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