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

758

Homs

351

Damascus

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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Photocopy machines and maintenance


Ezz Aldin is the father of three children, living happily in Salah Aldin area in Aleppo city until the war happened.

Since he was young, Ezz Aldin worked with his uncles in repairing and maintenance of photocopy machines, he learned and became skillful in this business.

During the war in 2016, the armed groups entered the area of their residence, fearing for his pregnant wife at the time and their two children, he left everything and moved out. After a year and...


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Clothes Shop


My name is George Shakar, my wife is Mishleen Haskour, we have 4 children; Larissa with 18 years old and Pamela with 15 years old, the third is a girl her name is Jennifer and she is 10 years old and a boy his name is Tony. I have worked in my father’s shop for children’s wear in Telal area in Aleppo since I was a child, but unfortunately in 2012, we were forced to close our shop because the situation...


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Car Furnishing


My name is Skandar Homsi, I am married to Carolina Akawi and we have a 26 years old boy named Moheeb. I used to work in a car furnishing workshop since 1986 in Al Midan area in Aleppo city, which is known to be one of the most important areas for the industrial business. During the war the workshop was damaged heavily by a mortar bomb, and we had to close it for the rest of the war years. In that period, I...


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Clothes Graphic Printing


My name is Saeed, I am 26 years old and I live with my mother Antwanette, who is 56 years old. My mother is unemployed, and after the passing of my father 3 years ago, I became the sole provider. I work in design, first on the computer and later, printing these designs on clothes. I am working for someone in this business but my salary is low and that makes it hard for me to provide a good life....


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Restaurant Equipment


My name is Nour Nassour, I am a mother of 2 children; Laith and Julee. Laith is 11 and Julee is 10, both are school students. We live together in my parents’ house with my brother, sister, father and mother because I am divorced from their father. My mother Nelly doesn’t work, she is 54 years old. My father Antwan is 59 years old; he works in a small shop for sandwiches and I work with him and help as...


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Taxi


My name is Tamer Stephan, I am 35 years old, married to Jemma Haboub. We have two beautiful children; Naya, she is 7 years old, and Edmon, he is 6 years old. I have worked as a barber in Sulaymanie area, in Aleppo since 2005. During my work between 2005 and 2017, I faced many difficulties because this work was not stable, and when the war started in 2012 the situation was so bad because the city was economically paralyzed...


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Taxi


My name is Johnny Cozma, I am a 30 years old man and married to Nour Dayekh. We have two little children, a girl and she is 5 years old, and a boy who is just 1 year old. We live with my mother in a rented house in Sulaymanieh area in Aleppo, she is 60 years old with a lot of health issues (diabetes, gland disease, heart problems), as a result, she needs a lot of medicines. In 2000,...


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Taxi


My name is George Merjaneh, I am 55 years old, I am married to Gizel Armenak, we have one daughter Georgette who is 26 years old and two sons; Joseph, who is 28 years old, he currently lives in Lebanon, and Jad is 11 years old and still at school ,we live in our family house and my mother Georgette also lives with us, she needs constant care because her Hip was fractured and she has many health issues. Before...


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Taxi


My name is George Bashir Wahbe , I am 44 years old, married to Lina Makhoul, we have two beautiful sons; Bashir is 16 years old and Elia is 13 years old, they are still studying in school. I work as a football coach since 1995 in Riaayet Al-shabab stadium, we train young men and then choose from them to join the Syrian National Team, my wife is a City Council Officer. When we first married, we lived with my aunt in...


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Sewing Machine


My name is Rana Awad, I am a 44 years old widow and a mother of four children; Georgette 22 years, Jessica 18, Nour 13 and my youngest, George 11. I have been working in sewing since I was a young girl, it started as a hobby I shared with my sisters, then I started working at home when I was still living with my parents. After we got married, we lived in a rented house in Sheikh Maksoud, but...


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Manakish Griddle


Before the crisis I used to work with my brothers in mobile-accessories, the business wasn’t so good we ended up with lots of debts so we shut down the shop and that was a huge loss. During war time I worked in a café cleaning tables and waitering, I even sold cookies on the streets; just to provide some money for my family, then I started to sell logs. I was displaced during the war with my family to Mashta al Helou...


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Wall Painting & Spraying Equipment


Mowafak, a skilled wall painter with over 24 years of experience from Fairouza village. He's honed his craft between different locations like Homs, Damascus, and Lebanon, gaining a wealth of skills. 

He shoulders the responsibility of being the sole breadwinner for his family, including his wife and three children. He also cares for his ailing mother-in-law, who has been living with them since a stroke left her paralyzed, in addition to his mother.

Recognizing the seasonal nature of house wall painting, he...


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Wall Painting & Spraying Equipment


Following his divorce, Milad lived alone in Fairouza village, in a farm owned by one of his acquaintance who lives in America, and he diligently cared for the property.

Since 1995, he had made a living as a skilled wall painter and sprayer. But misfortune struck when his equipment was stolen from a construction site. With resilience, he decided to rent an electric generator and an air compressor to continue his work. However, this decision meant a significant drain on his...


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Wheat and Potato Land


Izzat is a dedicated farmer from Qattinah village, with a family to support, he refused to let challenges deter him, despite losing land to conflict, he and his wife, Nazeera, persevered as their livelihood depended on it.

Retiring in 2012, he poured his energy into farming, relying on potatoes and wheat to sustain his family. However, the scars of war appeared in the shape of landmines and trenches ruined his fields, demanding costly rehabilitation.

To reclaim what was lost, he sought assistance...


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Vegetables and Wheat Land


Faraj, a dedicated father and hardworking driver, found himself facing immense challenges after the war. With his two sons seeking opportunities abroad and his daughter pursuing her education, he solely shouldered the responsibility of providing for his family.

Hailing from a family of farmers, he relied on his agricultural land for sustenance. However, the theft of his farming equipment, particularly the vital irrigation system, caused a severe damage to his livelihood. With only a portion of his land irrigated, Faraj struggled...


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Air Conditioning Installation & Maintenance


Since 1998, Hekmat has been working hard in the field of air conditioning installation and maintenance. He is the backbone of his household, ensuring his wife Sally and their two sons, George and Joud, have their needs met. 

The brutal onset of war brought unforeseen challenges, as his workshop in Al-Hamidia fell victim to theft, depriving him of vital equipment.

Undeterred, Hekmat gradually managed to regain his equipment, now operating from a workshop in Al-Arman neighborhood. However, the persistent issue of unreliable...


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Mini-Market


Suzan, residing in Qattinah village with her husband, two kids, and mother-in-law, saw an opportunity to uplift her family's financial stability through the Micro Projects Program.

Her husband, Samaan, faced setbacks after his split from a mini-market partnership with his brother, causing financial strain. She pursued the opportunity to mitigate her husband's losses and provide a better life for their children. 

Through the program's support, Suzan embarked on her entrepreneurial journey, establishing the mini-market. It became a thriving project, uplifting their household and ensuring stability, not only compensating for their previous losses but also securing a brighter future for their children. 

DJ Equipment


Fouad faced challenges of his war-torn homeland, Syria when the war forced his family into displacement from 2012 to 2016. Undeterred, he persevered, returning to his home in Bustan Al-Diwan, Homs.

Delayed by the war, he finally earned his baccalaureate degree in 2016. However, Fouad worked as a DJ since 2008; navigating the beats from Homs to Damascus, Tartus to Latakia, and he is the sole provider for his parents. His father, visually impaired and battling kidney failure, required specialized care....


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Electronic Devices Maintenance


Joseph, a retired electronic engineer and devoted family man, faced a daunting challenge in recent times. With two daughters and a son, he decided to continue his passion for electronic device maintenance by working from his house after his retirement in 2019. However, the severe electricity shortages in Homs city, exacerbated by the war that displaced his family to Sadad from 2011 to 2013, almost halted his work.

Struggling with just one hour of electricity a day, Joseph found it nearly...


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Beauty and Nail Care Kit


Despite the challenges thrown in Rajwana's way, she never lost sight of her dreams. Living with her visually impaired father, retired nurse mother, and sister, she understood the importance of self-reliance.

Her career path took different turns, from being a tour guide to venturing into the beauty domain. The tough times of war disrupted her work, but she persisted. Transitioning to a role in a tourism and travel office which provided stability, yet her entrepreneurial spirit yearned for more.

With courage, she...


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Chicken Shop


Nezha's days begin before the sun rises, as she tends to her chicken shop in Qattinah village. For over a decade, she's poured her heart into this business, ensuring that each customer leaves satisfied.

Married to Imad, with their son and a daughter who needs special care, plus Imad's elderly mother, she shoulders the weight of supporting her extended family's livelihood, after her son traveled leaving his wife and children under her responsibility. 

Her shop isn't just a source of income; it's...


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Wall Painting & Spraying Equipment


From the onset, Milad's dedication to his craft as a painter remained unwavering, spanning decades of commitment. Even after retirement, he poured himself into his profession.

Life threw him into the chaos of war, displacing him and his loved ones. Amidst the devastation, he endured injury and loss, yet he refused to be defeated. With determination, he rebuilt his life, returning to Homs and restoring his shattered home.

But challenges persisted, health issues appeared, testing his strength once more. Despite two heart...


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Sewing Workshop


Born into a family of farmers, Joumana dared to dream beyond the fields. With limited resources, she pursued education in the city of Homs, mastering the art of sewing.

After graduation from the institute of sewing and feminine art, she worked for a year, honing her craft in a workshop in Homs, then returned to her village, determined to empower others. She opened her own sewing workshop, but her impact didn't stop there.

Recognizing the importance of education, Joumana transitioned to teaching...


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Mini Van


Elias's journey was marked by hard work and perseverance as he started from an early age to provide for himself and support his family.  He is married to Wedian Janoura and they live in a modest home in Al-Dwalaa where they had their two sons; Loran born in 2010, and Sairj in 2013.

From his early days, Elias worked as a farmer in his hometown of Hamra village then moved between various jobs such as in an engineering office and later...


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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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Nail care Kit


With great determination and faith, Odet Ibrahim 34, insisted on continuing her life and moving forward, challenging the failed marriage experience that ended in separation without allowing despair and sadness to creep into her heart. She became responsible for her daughter Joelle and wanted to provide her with the best means of life, so she returned to live in her parent's house trying to secure a safe environment for her daughter.

Odet began her professional life in 2008 when she and...


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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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Solar Power Installations


During the past decade, Attallah had a tumultuous journey marked by displacement, loss, and insecurity. He is 39, married, and has a five-year-old son called Hanna.

As a result of the war in Syria, his life was turned upside down especially since he was living in Al-Zababdani area which witnessed severe conflicts at the beginning of the crisis causing losses and displacement to many of its residents including Attallah whose house was destroyed completely and all his furniture and work equipment...


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Taxi


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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Taxi


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


Wael Qarra, 33, faced significant challenges since his parents' separation. He moved in with his mother and sister to a rented house in the Al-Dwallaa neighborhood and had to work tirelessly to make ends meet. Wael started his career in 2016 distributing cosmetics, while his sister, Mirna, worked in a copper engraving workshop, all in pursuit of a modest livelihood.

As the primary provider for his family following his parents' split, Wael has shouldered this responsibility since his youth. With the...


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Pick-up Car


At the age of 61, Ibrahim Al-Nassar, found himself at a crossroads in life, as he retired recently due to health issues, and started to face mounting financial pressures especially since his daughter, Talia, required costly medications for her thyroid condition, while his son, Awad, had just graduated from high school.

On the other hand, he was living in a modest house with his elderly father and disabled sister and was also responsible for their living.

With his health condition and age,...


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