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

Sewing Workshop


Nitalin is a married woman and a mother of 3 children, the first one is an agricultural engineer, the second one is a baccalaureate student and the youngest is still in eighth grade. She has been working in the tailoring field for the last 8 years, but as an assistant in a workshop that belongs to her friends, they only ask for her help when they have a lot of work. Her husband works in a gas station, as a driver...


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Metal Molding Workshop


A married man with two children, his wife works as a school teacher. “I started to sell cigarettes on the street, in my neighborhood” he said, because during the crisis, the owners of his old work left the country, so he stayed without a job. He moved to latakia with his wife’s family for one year during Aleppo crisis, and worked there at the same field, Then the old owners came back to Aleppo and wanted to start over with their business so he came back and started working again with them. This project will allow Elia to finally be able to start a project of his own and not to be afraid to lose his job in any minute.

Coffee Shop


George Doumat is a married man who has a two years old daughter. His wife is unemployed. He rented a house in Al Midan region. He has a full-time job in the court of military, but the salary is too low and not even enough to provide his own family with the necessities of the life. They have some aid from their parish” the Maronites” which helps them a lot. He used to live with his family, but he rented his own house before a short period of time. The project will be established in an area that needs his services to guarantee the success of his project. His wife and daughter moved to his wife’s parents’ house in Al Moushtaye village during the crisis in Aleppo. He could not go with them because it was impossible for him to quit his job, so he stayed in Aleppo.

Taxi


Hospic is a single young man who is living with his mother in Al-midan area. They were displaced from their house during the war and moved to Sulaymaniyah to live in a rented house, after a year when things started getting better, they returned to their house in Al-midan and found out that it has been severely damaged, so Hospic had to pay for the repairment costs of the house. Before war, he worked as a barber, but later he had...


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Dose


Jack and Joseph are two friends who lived the war circumstances together. During the war Jack’s family decided to leave the country and immigrate to Germany so they travelled to Lebanon and stayed there for a while, at the time Jack found a job in an Italian restaurant and he learned a lot about food making and he loved this business, when the visa arrived he refused to go with his family because he wanted to stay in Syria but...


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Beauty Center


Vivian Karanta is a divorced mother who has a ten years old daughter. She lives with her parents (father mother and a brother). She wants to start her own project to depend on herself in providing her own daughter in the future. Her brother is a hairdresser, but he is not working now. Her mother does not work. Her father is a janitor in a company and he cannot support his family entirely. She sometimes works with Jesus and Merry visiting team, but she has experience in the field of beatification so she wants to go back to it to guarantee a better future for her and her little daughter. She is all hope that the future is going to be better and someone will help her in achieving her dream.

Computer Games Shop


Anees is a single, young man who is looking after his parents and helping them with the livelihood expenses, when the crisis started in Aleppo, they had to move to Kafroon because their neighborhood was too dangerous. In Kafroon Anees’s father could not find a job, so Anees had to work in a PlayStation shop to provide an income and aid his family. When things got better in the area of their house in Aleppo, they moved back to it....


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Taxi


Elias is a married man, who was a mechanic before the crisis in Aleppo, but he had to switch his job and become a taxi driver for some organizations during the war in Aleppo, because of the situation of the crisis. He worked with many organizations as a driver like the Marists. He also tried to rent a taxi, but the owner of the taxi asked for a big percentage from the profits, so he decided to look for something else, his wife does not work so he is the sole provider for his family. The biggest lost for him was the passing of his brother who died while he was asleep in his bed, by a missile that hit the building next to them. He wants to have a taxi of his own, so he would be able to have a better and more stable income for the future.

Fiberglass for Cars


Fajeh is a married man, he has a young daughter, he and his family are looking after his paralyzed mother who lives with them. He had a shop that manufactures fiber glass for the cars, but it was destroyed during the crisis in Aleppo. Later, he worked with a person in the same business, but the owner of the shop was very mean and gave him a low salary, so he had to leave the shop in order to find something that can help him with all the expenses he has especially with his mother’s condition. He wants to start his own project because he has a great experience in this business, and he is confident that this project is going to be very successful.

Car Furnishing


Salem and his family were displaced from their home in Sheikh Maksoud, they are currently living in a rented flat in Al-Midan area. He rented a workshop to work in car furnishing, but the owner of the workshop doubled the rent, so he had to look for another one. Now he is renting a workshop in Al-Midan area, he does not however have the machines that are essential to do his job in the best possible way, he sometimes borrows his friend’s machines in order to complete the work. He wants to have his own machines and be an independent person who does not always have to rely on the help of others, this project will be an important step towards his career development.

Mechanic Workshop


George jabour is a single man who lives with his unemployed sister. During the crisis he suffered a lot due to the terrible things that happened to him like the death of his brother when he was walking in Sulymaniah in 2014. He also lost his shop in Bustan Al Basha and all his equipment was stolen. He wants to start working again. He had started fixing his shop which was damaged, but the equipment that he wants is very expensive which he cannot afford. George hopes that the coming days are going to be better and he is sure that someone will help him to start working again.

Fixing Cars Workshop


Fouad Jbara is a father of a university student. His wife is also unemployed and he lost his shop in Bustan Al Basha during the crisis in Aleppo and all his equipment and goods were stolen. He had a car, but he sold it to provide his family with the necessities of the life. They take aid from the maristes and this aid is the only source of income that they get. He started fixing his shop and he wants to start working again because this shop was the only source of income. He is all hope that someone will help him to start working again in his own shop that was taken from him for almost 6 years.

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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