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

Computers Maintenance and Surveillance Systems


My name is Johnny Sarkis, I am 40 years old and I’m married to Sally Mekleh, We have a little girl, her name is Rozella and she is two years old. I live with my small family in a rented house in Sulaymania area, and I have a shop in the same area, I have been working in computers maintenance and surveillance systems since 2006, but during the war I suffered a lot because the equipment that I needed for...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


My name is George Kerbaj, I’m 31 years old and married to Rita Awad, we have a newborn baby called Joseph and We live together with my wife’s parents in Al-Midan area in Aleppo, we all help each other to pay the house rent. In 2018 I started working in a mall (Al Amal), with a low salary (60$ monthly), this of course cannot even cover our needs as a family especially that we have a newborn baby and he...


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Beauty Salon


Halla and her sister Nour are two young, single women living with their mother Josephine who is 61 years old in Slemanyeh area, the house is rented and they are the family’s providers. Halla (29 years old) works in the tattoo business, and Nour (35 years old) works in the field of make-up. As the war began in 2012, they moved to Mashta Al-Heloo in the suburbs of Tartous city, after the bombing and the very bad condition that the...


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Sandwich Shop


My name is Nishan, I live with my wife Anne Tashjian and our four children; the twins Hagob and Maral, they are 24 years old, Tamar 20 years old and our youngest Sevan, is 18 years old. I spent almost my entire life working in a fast food place in Al-Midan area since 1978, in Aleppo city, it’s a crowded area with narrow roads and many industrial shops. Unfortunately, in 2010, Al-Midan was one of the most critical areas in...


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Paint Shop


My name is Nabil Nassar, 34 years old and married to Ninawa Marza, we have two little children; Sharbel is 3 years old and Fadia is one year old. I live in Sulaymania area with my parents and my youngest brother who is currently serving in the military, we rented this house after our main house in Al-Midan was damaged severely during the war. it’s so hard for me to even afford a rented house, especially that I spent the...


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Sewing Machine


My name is Yeranet, I currently live alone after my husband passed away in 2010. Our house was in Jalaa area, after the passing of my husband, we had to sell the house because we were in need of the money in order to get by. Then I moved with my son and daughter to live in a rented house in Al-Midan area, but the rent was so high so we had to move between many other houses. Finally in 2017, I...


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Hair Salon


My name is Eshak Ofissa, I am 27 years old, I live with my parents. My father is retired and my mother is a housewife, we live in Al-Midan area. We are originally from a village called Al-Jdayde in Edlib which is now under the control of Jabhat Al-nasra, but we spent most of our time growing up in Aleppo. During the war, our home in Aleppo was damaged severely by a mortar bomb. We left to Latakia, where we stayed for three years...


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Air Conditioning and Refrigerators Maintenance


My name is Antoine, married to Julie Dahrieh and a father of a two-year-old girl named Pamela. I am the sole provider for my family because my wife has to stay home and take care of our daughter. In 2005, I had a house and a shop in Sheikh Maksoud, the shop was for fixing air conditioners and refrigerators. Sadly, in 2012, I lost everything I had including my car and all the equipment that I had in the shop...


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Electrical Compressors


My name is George Nassour, I am a 38 years old single man. I live with my parents and my two sisters, my mother Nelly Khawam is 54 years old; she is unemployed. My father Antwan, is 59 years old, he has a small sandwich shop with a heater and a fridge. We all live in Sulaymania in a small house. My sister Maria, is 34 years old, she has a disability in her legs and she needs constant care, every...


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Cake factory


Ibrahim is a married man who has a little daughter. He lives with is parents in his parents’ house. His father is a janitor in an office. Ibrahim has been working in a cake factory for almost 4 years, but his salary is very low, so he wants to start his own cake factory. “my income is somehow fine for now because my daughter is young, but a year from now she will start going to school which means that more expanses will be required and honestly I will not be able to afford them” He has got enough experience in this field as he has been working in a cake factory for 4 years. This project will guarantee a better future for his daughter and his whole family.

Dental Laboratory


My name is Jean, I am 27 years old. I live with my mother Hasmik who is 58 years old, my father Michel who is 64 years old, and my divorced sister Carla who is 30 years old. My father is an employee, but his income is not sufficient for the whole family, so I help my family with the income that I get from working in a dental Laboratory that belongs to my father’s friend with my friend Vartkes....


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Carpentry Workshop


My name is Fadi Dayekh, I am married to Rima Sayegh, God blessed us with two children; Joe is 15, and Judy is 8. Both of them are school students. In 2012, I had to travel to Lebanon because at that time I had a newborn baby and I felt worried about the safety of my family, there I worked as an employee in a carpentry workshop, but my income was barely enough to get by day by day. When...


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Cars Repairing Workshop


Elias, a determined young man, dreams of a future filled with love and family. Despite the challenges he's faced, including the loss of his brother during military service, he remained resilient. 

Working tirelessly in the workshop since 2006 alongside his father, Elias has experienced many hardships. The workshop, a symbol of their family's perseverance, weathered the storms of war and theft, turning their lives upside down. Engaged and eager to start a family of his own, he's devoted to rebuilding his...


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Perfume and Gifts Shop


As the sole provider for her widowed mother, and with her brothers forging their paths elsewhere, Ranim embraced the role of caretaker and provider.

In the face of daunting circumstances due to the country's challenges, she started her own business: "Smile Events," her humble shop offering gifts and event arrangement services. With modest beginnings in 2018, she encountered hurdles familiar to many small business owners in Syria sourcing reliable suppliers, navigating unsettled exchange rates, and covering local needs, especially amidst the...


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Laser Cutting Machine


In Qattinah village, amidst the challenges of raising two children, Nadia and her husband Iyad dared to dream of a better future. Her years of dedication to various associations in Homs city came to a halt due to rising costs and the strain on family time, but challenges only fueled their ambition.

In 2017, they embarked on a wooden souvenirs project, renting a humble shop. Disaster struck when a fire ravaged their cherished space, but they refused to surrender. Armed with...


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Printing Shop


Wissam, a second-year marketing student, thrived in her humble village of Qattinah alongside her hardworking family. With economic struggles, Wissam and her brother Wassim embarked on a journey to alleviate their parents' burdens; Drawing on their individual talents, her skills in electronic marketing and Wassim's design skills, they envisioned a microproject that filled a void in their village.

Their dream came to reality as they delved into the world of printing, realizing the absence of such services in Qattinah, which was...


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Mini-Market


Growing up amidst the struggles of inflation in his country, Rustom became the hope for his family. As the only son among his parents and two sisters, he felt the weight of responsibility early on in life.

While his father, a retired journalist, and his mother, a retired teacher, relied on their meager pensions, his sisters, university educators, contributed as much possible, but it was clear that it wasn't enough, thus Rustom took matters into his own hands.

From a young age,...


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Hair Salon


Alimar, a diligent young lady from Qattinah village, found herself at a crossroads after graduating from the commercial institute. With limited job prospects, she turned her passion for beauty into a source of income, offering services to clients in their homes. Despite the challenges, she remained steadfast in her dream of owning a beauty salon.

Her journey wasn't without hardships; her father's health setback forced him to leave his hairstyling job, but Alimar inherited his skills and determination. She seized every...


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Nail Care Kit


After her father's passing, Rasha became the pillar of strength for her family, at just 15, she set aside her dreams of education to support her mother and younger brother. For eight years, she toiled tirelessly in a nail polish factory, the weight of responsibility heavy on her shoulders. The wages barely sustained them and the displacement from Homs to Fairouza village only deepened their struggles.

Trusting someone to handle their financial affairs led to devastating consequences. The scam drained their...


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Mini-Market


In the heart of Qattinah village, Dima stood like a fragile flower against the harsh winds of fate. Alone, with two children, she dared to dream of a brighter tomorrow.

Her husband's mysterious absence cast a shadow over their house, leaving behind unanswered questions after his travel to Lebanon two years ago.

With the support of her family, she resolved to carve her own path and shoulder the weight of dependence. Yet, she always wanted to have her own project and provide...


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Handmade Candles


Micheline's life took a turn when her husband had to leave for mandatory military service, moving back in with her parents, she felt the weight of their financial struggles. With her economic institute background and previous work at a candle manufacturing workshop, she hoped to contribute to her family's income. However, without proper tools and equipment, her ambitions were hindered. 

Determined to make a difference, she applied to the Micro Projects Program, with the assistance, she could finally set up a...


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Children’s Recreation Center


Manar, armed with a PHD in children's education, embarked on a mission to address a pressing need in her community, a haven where parents could entrust their children for specific durations. In October 2022, she unveiled her micro-project in a modest rented space, with enthusiasm. Despite its compact size, the center offered enriching toys and games, from sand games to mental challenges, catering to every child's interests.

Juggling her role as a mother of two daughters and her husband's absence due...


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Nail Care Kit


Maya, a diligent young woman from Qattinah village, faced challenges in pursuing her passion for nail care. With determination, she juggled her studies in chemistry at Al-Baath University while honing her skills through training courses. Five years ago, she embarked on a journey, initially working from home until the borrowed tools were reclaimed, leaving her jobless. Undeterred, she sought employment at a salon to help in sustaining her family of five.

For two years, she worked tirelessly, accumulating experience. Yet, Maya...


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Shoe and Bag Store


Maryanne, a determined young woman from Fairouza village, took an essential role in her family's well-being. With her father's plumbing income and her mother who is a housewife, their life was modest. 

In November 2022, aided by her sister and father, she opened a shoe and bag store in a rented shop balancing her studies with managing the store was challenging, but Maryanne persisted. However, as economic strains tightened, restocking the shop became hard. 

Hope surged when she received assistance from the...


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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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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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