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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Grapevines


The economic situation in the country imposed a new reality where the family's main provider has to find more than a source of income to secure a decent living.

Fadi has been working as an employee for an oil factory since 2002, he lives with his wife and their two children in addition to his mother and sister and he is the sole breadwinner for the big family. 

While the financial burdens were increasing, Fadi's salary wasn’t sufficient at all to cover...


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Irrigation Pond


Maskanah village has main wells to irrigate its lands by pumping water through a network of tubes around the village. Farmers receive the water at a specific time each week and they already had prepared their lands with ponds to store the water and organize the irrigation process. 

Antoun and his brother Nayef work in their father's land of grapes and depend on that for a living. The two brothers share the land and each one of them is responsible for...


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Mini-Cultivator


Nidal is a farmer from Maskanah village, he works in his family's land of grapevines and wheat, together with his father and brother and this land is the only source of livelihood for the three families.

Nidal is a married man and a father of two sons and he is their sole breadwinner.

Lately, the high costs of plowing decreased the profits of the land, and not being able to plow it properly will damage the crops and deprive the big family of a major amount of their income.

The mini-cultivator will increase the production, and improve its quality in addition to saving the plowing expenses, which was a heavy burden especially during the current economic circumstances. 

Water Tanker for Almond Land


Naeem and his wife live with their only son Elia and his family of seven in Al-Maamoura village; the big family depends on farming for a living and their land is planted with olive and almond trees. 

Relying on rain fed irrigation negatively affected production during the last few years due to the climate changes and the trees were in real need of sufficient watering in order to give good crops. 

However, renting a tanker for irrigation costs a lot and the...


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Water Tanker for Almond Land


Hanna from Al-Maamoura village is the sole provider for his wife and their son who is serving in the army. 

He has a land that is planted with almond trees, and he used to depend on rain-fed irrigation, in addition to renting water tankers. However, everything has changed, and relying only on rainfall became no longer sufficient to produce good crops, especially for the almond trees, which need to be watered at least four times per month. 

On the other hand, renting a tanker started to take a huge part of the income and turned into a financial burden.

Now that Hanna has his own tanker, thanks to this initiative, the hardworking farmer will be able to guarantee better seasons in the future and water his land independently. 

Olive and Walnut Seedlings & Water Tank


In the wake of her husband's tragic death, as a mother, Maryam devoted her life to ensuring that her five children would not need anything.

During her 30 years as a school teacher, she also engaged in farming, which became the main source of livelihood for her family when she retired back in 2017.

Her family had its share of the devastating effects of war; since their home village "Al-Dwair" was attacked and people were forced to leave their land; when Maryam's...


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Moldboard for the tractor


Khalil comes from a family of farmers, they lived on the bounties of their almond land for generations, and it always ensured them a dignified life. He inherited his father's land and worked nonstop to ensure good crops and support his wife and their six children.

As the years went by, the children grew up; the three daughters got married and started their own families, two of the sons are serving in the army, and today, Khalil and his wife reside...


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Moldboard for the tractor


Nasser from Al-Maamoura village had to find more than a source of income to meet his family's needs because having one job became insufficient in order to secure a good living for his wife and their three children.

He works at an iron factory besides taking care of his land of almond trees. He owns a tractor, which he uses for different agricultural activities, however, this vehicle lacked a moldboard that required to plow the land every season and produce good crops.

Equipping Nasser's tractor with the needed part improved the condition of his land hoping for a better livelihood. 

 

Mini-Cultivator & Water Pump


Although the losses were enormous, the people of Al-Dwair village returned home and did their best to get their lives back on the right track. 

Émile-Isber is a farmer who experienced the loss; he is the only provider for his wife and their two sons, in addition to his mother who suffers from a health condition and needs special care.

His father bequeathed him a land, which has been the family's main source of livelihood for generations. Émile-Isber equipped his land with...


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Irrigation System


Duraid is a retired school teacher, he is the sole provider for his wife and their three children; two sons and a daughter. Besides his previous job, Duraid comes from a family of farmers and this is their main source of livelihood. 

When their home village, Al-Dwair was attacked, the family was displaced to Homs city for seven years, after losing all they had; their farmland and house, which were severely damaged and stolen, during these seven years the family was...


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Irrigation System


Fadl-Allah is the sole breadwinner for a big family, he is a married man and a father of six; five daughters and a son. 

He used to work with a partner in his spacious land; at first, there was no water well so all of the crops depended on rain-fed irrigation, then the two partners decided to develop their agricultural project. They put all of their money and borrowed some to continue, starting with a water well and a solar power...


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Almond Trees


Imad from Al-Maamoura village has a land of almond trees; the hardworking man has been working in farming since he was young and it is his only way to provide for his wife and their three children. 

He decided to start a new project that includes cutting the old trees and planting new ones instead in 45% of his land, because young trees are more productive and give higher quality, which reflects positively on his income.

Having a water tanker will help him in applying his idea, especially that there is no water well on his land, thus, he applied for it in order to save the high costs of watering.

This step will improve the profits of Imad's land and allow him to ensure a better income for his children. 

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