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

713

Homs

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Damascus

Supermarket


“I’m single and I live with my father and sister, my father is gravely sick and my sister can’t work because she looks after him.” They didn’t leave Aleppo at all since the crisis began 7 years ago. “I work in Aluminum crafting, it’s my main profession. I lost my job at the beginning of the war; my workshop was located on the fire lines in Midan. I started working in food distribution for charity organizations and sometimes merchants. On...


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Caoutchouc Compressors.


We suffered a lot during wartime, my house was in Bustan al-Basha area, I used to work in the industrial scales and when the armed troops went in we were displaced and we rented a house in the relatively safe areas. I learned later that my house was fully ruined, I had to work in anything just to provide some income for my family, I sold vegetables on the streets then I found a job in the rubber molds and compressors industry which I had to learn. Now I want with the help of this initiative to open a workshop and buy some equipment and that’s way I can start a new life with a big hope for the future and to increase my income to secure a good life for my family. My message for the Christians abroad is “God bless you and give you the strength”

Jeans-Denim Workshop.


I had a shop in Sheikh-Maksoud but after 15 days from the entrance of the armed troops we left it, and I knew then it was lost, my two brothers are now living in Lebanon and they are wanted for military service. Now I live in this rented house, I’m the only provider for the family. My passion is tailoring, I have loyal customers and my brother is working with me. The church helps us with the rent and part of the livelihood expenses, but we need to start depending on ourselves and start working again to recover the country’s industrial force.

Plumbing Shop


‘I rented the shop and I used to pay monthly payments, I have some equipment and my brother works with me, I used to work before the war in the goldsmithing business but due to a neurological disease, I was unable to continue in this work field that requires accuracy. I live with my mother, my sister, in addition to my brother and his wife and three children, so we are 8 people in the same house. My mother also has neurotic disease, my brother had a shop in Sheikh-Maksoud that was robbed and ruined, now he’s living off the church’s help “the Family to Family financial help was like a Christmas gift in the time of war” We need a fresh start after all these hardships and this might be exactly the help we need to start over.’

Sportswear Store


“I chose this kind of projects because I have a good experience in this domain and I worked in marketing for more than five years, also there isn't any sportswear stores in my area, but there are lots of young people who like to wear this style, I believe that this project would be very successful. Before the crisis, my siblings and I owned a sweets factory, Unfortunately, during the war, the factory was destroyed completely. However, we are still...


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Supermarket


He is currently working in the JRS kitchen but his contract will expired in September. He lives in a rented house and he has one child; the church gives him a monthly payment. In addition to his work in the JRS kitchen he is working in a fast-food restaurant. Now he wants to have a mini supermarket to become more independent and have a stable income.

Aluminum Workshop


He is a father for two girls their ages are 13 and 10. They live in a rented house in Al midan region which they moved to during the crisis because their area was endangered by the shells. He is now an employee in an Aluminum workshop but there are some problems at work and the salary is low, not enough to provide the needed amount of money for his family. He wants to open his own shop because it...


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Car Furnishing


Because of war and the difficult circumstances that the city of Aleppo has witnessed, we lost our shop which was the family’s only source of income. My brother who's surving in the military was shot by a sniper and I helped him with affording the costs of his medical bills, along side with the family expenses; all that put a lot of pressure on me, then I heard about this initiative and I felt that there's still hope to start again, turn the page of sorrows and have the chance to work and help my family.

Espresso and Smoothies Machines


I was displaced from my house in Al-meedan area after it got damaged, to my uncle’s house, I left my shop and became unemployed for six months,which was the hardest period of my life, then I worked at my uncle’s shop but I lost my customers and I need a better income because the profits are little and these machines will help me alot to provide a decent life for my family and try to overcome the hardships we went through.

Aluminum Workshop


We were displaced from Al- Saydeh Mountain and rented a small place through the help of CONGREGATION DES FRERES MARISTES. I was left with no job and two kids. I worked in several jobs just to provide income such as selling gas bottles, cleaning houses, cleaning chimneys, and anything I could find. This shop will be a new hope for me to start over after going through all this agony and to work in something that I actually like and know how to do well.

Sewing Shop


I used to work at several workshops in tailoring on the sewing machines, during the war crisis I worked in a shelter that belongs to my brother in law under my house, and I borrowed sewing machines and with the help of my husband "who also lost his job because of war" and my kids who help me after finishing their study at the university, we work hard and get by. My goal is not to get rich, rather not to have to beg anyone for money and to have a decent life for our family. We're a big family and we need every little help we can get.

Sewing Machine


My husband passed away from a disease and I became the sole provider for the family which has put a very heavy responsibility on my shoulders, I have to compensate for his absence.This work will help me providing well for my children and ensure they have a good life.

Wrapping Materials


Hala faced unforeseen challenges when her husband's health forced him to quit his carpentry profession after the couple's life took a tragic turn in 2013 when the car leasing office, where he had invested, was eaten up by flames. The devastating loss led to a heart attack, rendering him incapable of work.

Undeterred, Hala transformed a room in their home into a Wrapping Materials Shop, determined to secure a stable income. As the sole provider and a modest pension on the horizon, Hala's shop ensures a dignified living and financial stability after being through many hardships. 

Housewares Shop


Karima, a devoted wife and mother of two boys in Qattinah village, faced some challenges when she had to close her housewares shop in 2022 due to insufficient stock. Her husband, Yamen, works diligently at the phosphate plant, but their family needed additional support to thrive. 

With determination, she sought assistance from the Micro Projects Program to strengthen her shop and enhance their living conditions. As her sons pursue their education, she aims to provide them with a nurturing environment while supporting her husband's efforts. 

Through the program's aid, Karima's hard work shines as she strives to build a better future for her family, overcoming all the obstacles together. 

Wheat and Vegetables Land


In the village of Qattinah, Ghazwan and Sabah, hardworking parents of 2 sons, strive to provide for their family. With modest incomes, Ghazwan, hailing from a lineage of farmers, inherited his father's land. Yet, the lack of a water pump rendered the well useless, and the soaring costs of plowing drained their earnings.

But hope sprouted when assistance arrived. A newfound water pump revitalized their land, ensuring efficient irrigation. Additionally, the mini-cultivator promised enhanced productivity, paving the path for bountiful seasons ahead. With these tools in hand, he can nurture his land, securing a brighter future for his family.

Potatoes, Corn, & Wheat Land


Fadi is married with two children, he cherishes the simplicity of life alongside his aging parents. Enduring a two-year struggle with liver inflammation and diabetes, he found stability, embracing gratitude for his family and health.

Specialized in pastry making, a skill acquired in Lebanon, he operates a modest shop with his wife. He also works in farming with an arable land. He worked hard to enhance productivity year-round. However, lacking a water pump and motor hindered his ambition, limiting cultivation to...


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Olive and Almond Land


Sami, the head of a family of four in Qattinah village, struggled with the financial burden of farming. As both a dedicated employee and a farmer with olive and almond trees, he faced challenges plowing his land and providing essential treatments due to high equipment rental costs. Undeterred, he sought help from the Micro Projects Program.

He secured a mini-cultivator and a spraying pump. This invaluable support not only alleviated the strain of expensive tractor rentals but also empowered him to...


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Wheat and Vegetables Land


Majed, a hard-working farmer in Qattinah village, supports his wife and five children. His agricultural land, cultivated with wheat and vegetables, faced a crucial challenge; the worn-out irrigation system. With two water wells on his property equipped with the needed water pumps, insufficient irrigation network threatened his family's livelihood. 

He applied to the Micro Projects Program, as the sole breadwinner, his land is the family's lifeline. The program's assistance made a transformation in his land, renovating the irrigation system. His fields flourished, securing a bountiful harvest. Now, with improved conditions, Majed ensures a stable future for his family.

Coffee Shop


Mirna and Suleiman manage together a Coffee and Chocolate shop, which serves as their family's lifeline. Despite Mirna's role as a dedicated school teacher and Suleiman's commitment to his employment, their journey wasn’t easy. .

These tough circumstances led Mirna to seek assistance from the Micro Projects Program, because even with having a coffee grinder and freezer, the shop remained in need for goods due to the huge inflation.

 With the support, the shop's inventory was restored, ensuring shelves filled with delights. Now, with renewed optimism, they continue to serve their community, and ensure their three children a better living. 

Clothes Shop


Displaced from Homs in 2012, Rasha and Elie found safety in Fairouza village, rebuilding their lives from scratch. Elie is a carpenter while Rasha runs a clothing shop she opened back in 2015 and they are the parents of 2 lovely children. 

Rasha's once-thriving shop struggled to meet clients' demands, jeopardizing their stability. She turned to the Micro Projects Program, seeking a lifeline for her small business, the provided support was a beacon of hope for the family.

With the assistance, she revitalized her shop, stocking new styles, reclaiming her foothold in the market. Now, her shop sustains her family in Fairouza village, amidst the rubble of the tough past, the family is building a better future.

Mini-Market & Dairy Products


Fania's life took an unexpected turn when her husband, Bassam, fell ill, leaving him unable to provide for their family. With a studying son to support, her mother-in-law, and her husband's health deteriorating, Fania knew she had to act fast. 

Determined to secure a future for her family, she seized the opportunity presented by their small shop. With hope, She applied for assistance from the Micro Projects Program, seeking support to stock shelves, buy a refrigerator, and purchase goods to transform...


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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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Blacksmithing Workshop


Samaan Ashkar, a blacksmith whose life tells the tale of resilience against all odds.

From his humble beginnings in Kashkoul, Samaan started working as a blacksmith where he faced numerous challenges, including financial constraints and the loss of his beloved family members, but Samaan's spirit remained unbroken.

In 2003, he decided to relocate to Dubai and try his luck there, he worked in various capacities and experienced both triumphs and tribulations. However, with all the setbacks and financial strains that he went...


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Manufacturing Thermal Ovens


Elias Al-Ghabra is one of the minorities who are still interested in preserving the family profession as he began working in the field of manufacturing convection ovens with his father at a young age in a rental workshop in Jaramana and continued in the filed alongside his study.

The main field of work is manufacturing thermal ovens based on gas after the electric ovens stopped being demanded due to the terrible electricity situation in the country, their work increased and they...


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Taxi


Hanna Al-Ajoury 31, resides with his parents and brother Jack, their father, who was employed at the Gas station for 13 years but is currently without work. His brother works as an employee while their other brother, Marhaf, has relocated to Germany.

Before the war, he had worked at his cousin's beverage shop in Zabadani for two years until 2011 when he was called for military service for the next nine years. however, during his military service, he also worked alongside...


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Make-up Kit


Anastasia Haddad born in 1998, was working diligently as a makeup artist and nail technician, living with her sister Taj in a rented flat in Jaramana after the divorce of her parents as they found solace in each other's company, forming a bond of strength amidst adversity.

Anastasia and Taj's childhood was marked by tumultuous family complications leaving scars that only time could heal. Yet, their determination to carve a brighter future fueled their aspirations and their talents blossomed despite all...


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Pick-up car


George Eskeif, 33 is living alone in a sparsely furnished house in Jaramana while his heart remains tied to his family in Lebanon.

His family's relocation from Idlib to Damascus due to his father's health issues marked a turning point in their lives. George, then a student, saw himself shouldering the responsibility of their household while his father pursued medical treatment in Lebanon.

After completing his military service in 2019, George found himself with no education or experience, so he started working...


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Taxi


Murhaf Al-Maher 62, is married to Nada Sankari, and the father of two daughters and son. Despite his age and recent health issues, including lung inflammation, Murhaf remained determined to work. His dedication stemmed not just from financial necessity but from a sense of pride in providing for his family and with no hesitation he also supported his daughters; Souryana, while she was pursuing a medical degree, and Rima, who became a music teacher.

In recent years, with his wife's medical...


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Hairdressing Salon


Despite life's challenges, Elein Zghaib 28, remained steadfast in her pursuit of a better future. She lives with her family in Jaramana, her father is employed at the Ministry of Education, her mother tends to the household, and her sister, born in 2002, is skilled in nail care and beauty care. Their familial bond was a source of strength as they faced life's adversities together.

Before the crisis, Elein and her family were living in their ancestral home in Dweileh, but...


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Taxi


Mufeed Hejazy, 28, lives with his family in a rented house in Dwallaa. His household consisted of his parents, his elder brother, who works at a goldsmith workshop, and his unemployed sister. Mufeed himself had volunteered for a charitable project in 2020 then he worked at a cosmetic company for two years until it closed. 

Mufeed and his family faced numerous hardships during the crisis in Syria, including his father suffering with chronic bronchitis which was very costly so they sought...


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Photography Equipment


Alaa is a talented young man in his twenties, he lives with his parents and sister in Jaramana after being displaced from their home in Harasta due to the armed conflict in the area at the beginning of the Syrian crisis.

Alaa was always passionate about photography so he trained at a young age at a Clacket studio to learn more about this career, then he got employed at the communication department at SSSD as a photographer until 2018 trying to...


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Pick-up Truck


In the heart of a bustling area nestled a home where dreams brewed and aspirations soared. Dhyaa Al-Btros, his wife, and his family members lived within its walls, each floor holds a part of his close-knit family.

Since 2004, he delved into the field of confectionery, honing his skills by working at various pastry shops. In 2008 he was called for military service until 2010. Upon discharge, he returned to his roots in Khabab, opening a pastry shop until 2014 when...


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Nail Care & Beauty Salon


Karin Jbeil, a woman of remarkable courage and determination, born in 1989, lived a journey of strength and self-discovery that shaped her life forever.

Married to Wissam Al Ramahin, a dedicated hospital employee, Karin’s life revolved around her family. With two precious children, Sharbel born in 2010, and Christelle in 2013, her days were filled with love and purpose.

Karin's entrepreneurial spirit ignited in 2008 when she enrolled in a nail and waxing course at the European Institute. From 2012 onwards, she...


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Blacksmith Workshop


Reineh Al-Hosh was born in 1997 into a family of craftsmen, Reineh's destiny seemed to unfold within the sparks of a blacksmith's workshop as his father, a seasoned blacksmith, toiled tirelessly at the forge.

From 2017, Reineh honed his craft across various workshops, absorbing every flicker of knowledge passed down by his father's skilled hands. Yet, amidst the clanging of metal, shadows loomed over his family as many health issues burdened his parents, casting shadows over his aspirations.

Reineh was yearning to...


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