Micro PROJECTS

Micro PROJECTS

Our primary interest is aiding Christians through financing their own micro-projects that would provide them with income to preserve their dignity and alleviate the calamities of the crisis.

The team at Hope Center reviews and evaluates the projects and the extent to which the applicant has planned for his/her idea. If accepted, the center starts providing funds for the project to initiate.

Besides aiding Christians in need, this initiative aims for reviving the city of Aleppo that has lost most of its economic structure.

Taxi


For a person who has chosen driving for a living since 1997, it became more than a profession and turned into a lifestyle. 

Hanna Wassouf Afessa first started with a construction company driving one of their dump trucks then in 2006 after nine years with the company he retired and chose to drive inside the city on a taxi car, it was more convenient specially that by that time he made a contract with Al-Enaya School to drive on of the...


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Custom Metal Furniture


It’s been three years since Gabriel Afessa returned from Lebanon, but he is still not able to go back to his main profession and practice in manufacturing metal furniture like he used to do before. This craftsman is 54 years old, married and blessed with two children; a 23 years old son Yousef and 10 years old daughter Angie. 

From a very young age he started learning about blacksmith, then he broadened his horizon and entered the domain of upholstery and...


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Taxi


Bushra Katanjian had a good life with his wife Silvana and their two sons, Jean and Issa.

But the war cost Bushra more than he ever imagined, his losses were growing through the years. First, he lost his job; he was a crane driver since 1980, but in 2014 due to the war, the business was slow and the income from it was no longer useful. Then his wife got shot when she was in the local market of Al-Midan near...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Hakop Santorian is originally from Al-Ghassaniya village in Idleb province, he worked as a goldsmith with his uncle since 1998.

He lived with his parents in Al-Midan area, during the war the house was damaged by the shells many times. In 2016, he decided to move to Armenia with his family, especially for the sake of his brother who suffers from a mental disability, but unfortunately they were shocked by the livelihood reality there; the rents were very high and the...


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Taxi


Jean Domat used to be a professional photographer, he owned his own small studio in Bustan Al-Basha area and a prosperous business in photography. 

This 47-year-old man fell in love with the camera from an early age, he worked hard and doubled his efforts in his old job in car parts retail, in order to save enough money to purchase his first camera and do what he loved.

His sincere efforts paid off, he learnt the techniques quickly and became very popular...


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Cars Engines Oils


Despite his old age, Garabed Hayitian still has the drive and resilience to open his own shop in a relatively new field of work for him, all for the best interest of his family.

Garabed is a father of two young men; Sarkis and Hrag, he used to own a workshop in the industrial area of Al-Ramouse. His specialty was repairing and producing the parts of buses, he manually made the molds and the samples; he learnt all about this business...


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Taxi


Michael Tobji has made a rare career choice when he decided to shift from computers’ maintenance to the maintenance of electric dentistry chairs, and now he is about to make another radical change in his career path with his recent project idea.

Since 1985, the father of two started in the electric devices’ maintenance field, then in 2012 he went towards computer maintenance as a part time job, but eventually he went back to the electric dentistry chairs’ maintenance. Unfortunately, this field...


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Beauty Shop


Jeanette Dahrieh is a beautiful young lady and a mother of four who is about to join the work force to support her family. 

This 28-year-old woman made a hard decision to work with four children and no previous experience, but she felt the urge to step up and do something, specially that the war has impacted their lives gravely. Jeanette and her family were living in Al-Midan area when the war started, back then she had her son Victor and...


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Design Equipment


After graduating from the Mechanical Engineering Department, Steve found himself pursuing a completely different path of design and marketing, he started to improve his skills through courses in this field and in the year 2000 he began his career with a company in Damascus; he designed road advertisements.

Unfortunately with the start of the war in 2012, Steve lost his job like many other Syrians and was suddenly without any source of income for his family; his wife Rita and his...


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Mobile Phones Store


Abed Ahmar (35 years old) lives with his wife Najla and their little son Adib in Al-Suleymanieh area, anyone who knows the area remembers how hard things were in the years between 2013-2015 on all the residents, and Abed’s family was not an exception. 

Their last night in their apartment was horrendous, on April 2015, the mortar shell attacks became intolerable, people were afraid of losing their lives or their loved ones. One night Abed started hearing usual explosion sounds, they...


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Computers Maintenance


The wide spread of technology, smart phones and portable computers, made the need for these devices’ maintenance services a necessity. Many people like Essam Ishak entered this field of work relying on the rapid development of this particular domain. At first (in 1991) when he started, mobile phones were the upcoming trend, he cultivated his skills in mobile maintenance, software and program installations, then with the internet availability the laptops were the next wave to catch if anyone like Essam...


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Sewing Workshop


For 18 years, George Abd Almassih worked in the clothes sale business, the long years of experience made the 55-years-old man familiar with all aspects of the clothes manufacturing and distribution field. The recent years of war had its daunting impact on the industry but George had always been determined to defy the hardships and stay in the domain that he loves and chose to be in for approximately 2 decades. However, the economic restrictions were not the sole effect...


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Wool Shop


Life was not easy at all after Sahar’s husband death, who was the sole provider for the family when suddenly she found herself responsible for her two daughters Mary and Sarah.

Sahar made her decision to fight for the sake of her family and worked in making pastries for four years; this job was very difficult and tiring for a woman of Sahar’s age that forced her to think about another possible choice which provides her and her daughters with a...


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Aluminum workshop


Issam is an enthusiastic and energetic young man who lives with his parents and two sisters.

He works in his own Aluminum workshop that he opened in 2017 by borrowing some tools from his relative, this young man became well-known for his good reputation and his wide experience in this field among the other craftsmen.

Issam remembers very well his tough experience during the war which made of him a stronger person; In 2011, Issam and his father were kidnapped and the...


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Plumbing and solar system installation


Issam works in plumbing and solar system installation since 1984, he lives with his wife Lama, his son Fouad and his daughter Katia. The family went through many hardships during the war as they were living in Al-Hamidia which was a main battlefield back then, so they moved to a village called Mashta Al-Helou.

Issam didn’t stop working while staying in the village, but living away from home was not easy on the family, so when the situation became better in...


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Hair Salon


Wadih is a hairdresser who lives with his family of four; his wife Marilyn, his daughter Angy and his son George.

He learned this profession in Lebanon and he became famous for working with television presenters, Wadih went back to his city Homs and opened his own salon in 1996 which was one of the first salons in Al-Hamidia; his wife also helped in the salon for 16 years until the war forced him and his family to flee in 2012 to...


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