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

Nail Care Kit


Having a supportive partner can truly change your life.

The ambitious young Suzi, 34 years old, is a mother of a little girl called Elsa, she works hard to support her husband to buy a house.

Her husband works in selling and maintaining watches in his rented shop, it was no longer sufficient to secure his family's expenses, so he decided to work as an accountant to increase his earnings.
Before marriage, Suzi worked as a teacher in a kindergarten and after it...


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Car Mechanics


“Fathers are pivotal in children's lives. My father has always supported me in chasing my dreams and pursuing what interests me. He has always taught me to be independent and brave.” Jean said.

Jean,40 years old, the father of Antoni, works as a car mechanic in his father’s workshop, he gained from his father all the experience needed and has been working on cars for 22 years now.

During the war, the shells were fallen and their workshop was destroyed. He traveled...


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Taxi


It all started when Youssef was wounded in a part of his lungs in the army; he was taken to the hospital and placed in a mortuary while he was in a coma for several hours after it was believed that he was dead.

luckily his friend who took him to the hospital assured the doctors that he was still alive when he rescued him, and he wanted them to make sure after placing him with the dead. He was able...


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Blacksmith tools and Rehabilitation


George is 51 years old, lives with his family and his mother, he used to work as a blacksmith for a long time in his own workshop with his father who taught him this skill until he passed away and they had to sell the workshop. shortly after that he got a chronic pain in his back and he no longer could work after suffering from spinal disc.

In 1992, he worked as a car parts seller for 19 years, but...


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Bakery


Many soldiers have returned from service with injuries, missing limbs, and mental trauma after fighting in the war. Riad, 41 years old, was one of them. 

After his treatment ended, he hoped that life will soon return to normal. Over time, he challenged himself to go back to work; as a result of a shell, the upper part of his body was injured, in addition to some damage to his stomach, he underwent many operations without being discharged from service until...


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Clinical equipment


Dr. Hazem, 50 years old, has been working as a general internist for more than 22 years in Aleppo city.

He is well known for his kindness, high morals, and his passion for humanitarian work, in addition, he is a loving father to three children.

During the war, many Christian families relied on him for their treatment costs, as he was fully dedicated to helping all the people in need, especially the elderly whose children traveled and left them alone, he didn’t...


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Clothes printing workshop


Elias 31 years old, lives with his wife and two sons in a small house, which his family bought long before the war, during the war he married and settled there. Unfortunately, since the house is on the sixth floor it was exposed to several mortar shells and explosive fragments and was partially damaged.

Elias works in the field of clothes prints; he learned this profession in 2010 and he worked in several workshops. But the bad economic situations that he...


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Wooden frames manufacturing


Aboud is a talented man who works in manufacturing wooden frames and lives with his wife and their three young children. Two of them study engineering, and the third is still in school.

After 4 years of training and learning the art of manufacturing wooden frames in addition to his work, Aboud and his brothers opened their workshop in 2010 to work in it after their work.

This workshop is currently a source of income for three families, especially after Aboud decided...


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George, 29 years old lives with his parents in a rented house because the family lost their home in Sheikh Maqsoud area after it was controlled by the armed groups during the war.

George didn't complete his studies and left school at a young age to work in workshops and help with the family’s income in addition to his mother’s work, but during the war he was called for the military service, and during that service he was shot in the leg...


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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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Coffee Shop


Mirna and Suleiman manage together a Coffee and Chocolate shop, which serves as their family's lifeline. Despite Mirna's role as a dedicated school teacher and Suleiman's commitment to his employment, their journey wasn’t easy. .

These tough circumstances led Mirna to seek assistance from the Micro Projects Program, because even with having a coffee grinder and freezer, the shop remained in need for goods due to the huge inflation.

 With the support, the shop's inventory was restored, ensuring shelves filled with delights. Now, with renewed optimism, they continue to serve their community, and ensure their three children a better living. 

Clothes Shop


Displaced from Homs in 2012, Rasha and Elie found safety in Fairouza village, rebuilding their lives from scratch. Elie is a carpenter while Rasha runs a clothing shop she opened back in 2015 and they are the parents of 2 lovely children. 

Rasha's once-thriving shop struggled to meet clients' demands, jeopardizing their stability. She turned to the Micro Projects Program, seeking a lifeline for her small business, the provided support was a beacon of hope for the family.

With the assistance, she revitalized her shop, stocking new styles, reclaiming her foothold in the market. Now, her shop sustains her family in Fairouza village, amidst the rubble of the tough past, the family is building a better future.

Mini-Market & Dairy Products


Fania's life took an unexpected turn when her husband, Bassam, fell ill, leaving him unable to provide for their family. With a studying son to support, her mother-in-law, and her husband's health deteriorating, Fania knew she had to act fast. 

Determined to secure a future for her family, she seized the opportunity presented by their small shop. With hope, She applied for assistance from the Micro Projects Program, seeking support to stock shelves, buy a refrigerator, and purchase goods to transform...


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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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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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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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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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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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Pick-up Car


In a narrow alley in Bab Sharqi, lives Elias, a 37-year-old young man, with his retired parents and his wife Linda, who is currently studying human resources to secure future employment and assist her husband. Elias started working at a young age to support his family and faced many challenges in securing the livelihood demands, as he shoulders the responsibility of providing for his own family as well as his in-laws, being their sole provider.

Elias works as a sales representative...


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Souzan Bashour is a woman in her forties who carries with her many events that formed a life filled with challenges and struggles. She lives with her mother and brother in a small flat in Al-Dwallaa, her father is deceased while her mother is an old lady. 

Souzan began her professional career as a school teacher, continuing in this field until 2016. She then moved to work at the Faculty of Theology as an administrative employee, but due to the relocation...


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Photography Equipment


The nine years of being in military service in the most severe battle zones didn’t prevent Adel from being optimistic and ambitious seeking to have his own career and be independent

He is 33 and lives with his elderly father and three siblings in an old house in Aldwalla neighborhood. Adel started his work life as a wall painter with his brother to afford his expenses but after the war outbreak, he was called for military service in Daraa facing daily...


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Samer Al-Shammas is married to Mouna Derany, and they have two sons Louay and Maher. Samer's life has always revolved around his family. Despite facing health challenges after retiring from his job in 2013 due to pancreatic issues, he never let adversity deter his spirit. Even when his medication costs became more than he could handle, he decided to sell his cherished home in Jaramana to pay for his treatment and spent the rest on his sons' weddings, proving that...


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