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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The remaining shrapnel in his head is a constant reminder of the vicious war that Roland lived.

The 39-years-old Roland Makdissi was a victim to something he didn’t have anything to do with. in 2016, a mortar shell fell on a building in the same street where he and his wife Salpy live. The positioning of the shrapnel was very delicate, it caused him facial Hemiplegia. The couple consulted many doctors and all of them agreed that leaving the shrapnel inside is...


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Car Repairing


Since 1983, Manoug Hyrabedian worked in cars repairing, his workshop was in Bustan Al-Basha and like all the workshops in that area he was forced to evacuate in 2012, with the start of the war. His losses weren’t only the workshop, he also had machinery there and a lot of materials stored there, none of that could be rescued. For two years the 63-years-old stayed without any work, but the family of four had no other source of income than...


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Manufacturing Electrical Breakers


When you hear Sarkis explain How he manufactures his products (electrical breakers for cars), you can see how passionate he is about his profession. 

Sarkis Habib is a 37-years-old who lives with his wife Vartouhi and their two daughters; Zovig and Rita in their grandmother Zovinar house, he is the provider for all of them. After his father passed away Sarkis kept his father’s workshop working for a long time. He used to spend the majority of his day in the...


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Women's Sportswear


Charbel Mamo is a 27-years-old young man who went against all expectations and while a great percentage of Syrian youth did everything to leave the country or even wished to leave, Charbel couldn’t stand being away from his family and fiancée so after four years in Sweden he couldn’t wait to come back to his hometown Aleppo.

During his stay in Sweden, Charbel worked in the food business, in a pizzeria place and he excelled that job, on the busy weekends...


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Electrical Maintenance


After his graduation from electrical institute in 2002, Bashar Boulos who’s 31 years old today, started building his career on his own, until he could upgrade his business and rent a shop in 2010. Not much time passed before difficulties found their way to him, soon after the war started in 2013, the industrial factories shut down and since he was specialized in Industrial machinery, he had to switch his job to something more profitable. Thereafter, He worked on a...


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A Shop For Selling Car Exhausts


The 31-year-old Elias Khawam had it all... with his wife Odet, and their seven-year-old son George, together they make a beautiful small family living relatively a comfortable life. Elias shares business with his father since 1998, in the domain of selling and fixing car parts. But in 2013 everything was about to change, the armed conflict got heavier and closer in Aleppo city, until one day the inhabitants of Sheikh Maksoud area were forcefully dislodged from their homes. Elias wasn’t...


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Espresso Shop


In his early thirties, Yacoub Baddosh shares his story with us and his future plans, this young man who lives with his parents had originally studied in the institute of tourism in Aleppo university, and worked in lots of hotels after finishing school. He was making his way in that domain steadily and everything was going smoothly for him until the war started. 

The impact of war in Syria reflected greatly on the tourism industry, the losses were massive, Yacoub found...


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Wooden Furniture Spraying


Craftsmen are the most people who were affected in the Syrian war. 

Nasri is a 56 years old carpenter, who works mainly in spraying and painting wooden furniture, his workshop was located in Suleyman AL-halabi area like most of the workshops of this kind.

When the war started in 2012, the area was confiscated by armed groups and that was the last time Nasri saw his workshop. It was a rental but the tools and equipment were his, and unfortunately, they were...


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My name is Salim Ajami, I am 40 years old; I’m married to Georgina Mashek and we have two little boys, Tawfeek is 11 years old, and Elia is 9 years old. We live in Al-Midan area in Aleppo, this area was very dangerous during the war because it was a critical fire line, all our neighbors left fearing for their lives, we used to go down to the building shelter when the children get terrified by the sounds of...


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Michel Shahoud is married to Jannette Gharam, they have one daughter; Sara who is still studying at college. In 2010, his wife got sick with scleroderma and as a result, she frequently loses her balance and she can’t move on her own so she needs constant care from her husband, which makes it difficult for him to leave her alone and go to his work while his daughter is in college. During war, part of their house in Al-Jabryeh was...


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Handbags Manufacture


It is the best to work in what you love and be good at it.

Ebrahim Hazzouri shares his home with seven other members; his wife Walaa, their four children; two boys and two girls, his mother and his single sister.

Since he was a young boy back in 1997, Ebrahim worked in making handbags, he used to go to work after school hours, before he dropped out in the sixth grade and devoted himself to work so he can help his...


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Sewing Machines


Since 2005, the 63-years-old Huda Tallise has been working in tailoring. First, she had started to work for someone, but with the start of war her employer immigrated like many Syrians, she found herself looking for a job just to be able to survive.

She managed to find work in a clothes manufacturing workshop, and despite the low salary, the long hours of work, and even being tiresome for her age she had to take it, because otherwise there will be...


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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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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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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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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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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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