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

Production of Car Upholstery


Zawin is a hardworking person who strive for his family; his wife and two sons.

Zawin has been working in the production and upholstery of cars since 2005 and has added through his experience in the production of Arab Majlis seating. Zawin had to make a lot of sacrifices in his work, 5 years ago the place where he works was exposed to a fire that resulted in the loss of all existing equipment and goods. 

Living a decent life and supporting...


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Music-Recording Studio


“Where words fail, music speaks.” That’s how George replied when we asked him about the reason behind his love for music. 

Since he was an 8-year-old, George was fascinated by music and the industry in general.

His parents decided to enroll him in a music institute where he chose to learn Cello, his love for music didn’t stop there, he used to go to his uncle’s studio to watch him produce music for many artists. After a short time, he started helping...


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Carpentry Machines


George is married and has worked in the carpentry profession since childhood with more than 40 years of experience, he had a full workshop with a kit, but because of the war he lost the workshop with the entire equipment, unfortunately, he cannot return to his former work area because its still under control of armed groups.

During war his home was exposed to a shell explosion, which led to great damage to the house, as a result, the family was...


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Sewing Machine


Hilda is a lovely married woman who works in the church and her husband works as a driver for the church as well, because of the difficult life that Syrian families are going through, Hilda's family went through harsh conditions, which led to financial burdens, the earthquak made things worse because their house was greatly damaged.

when we are exposed to immense loss, we try to look for any small light in order to start a new chapter in life even...


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Taxi


Elias is an example of the patient and strong father who faces life’s challenges for his family, Elias is married and has two sons, one of whom is serving in military, life challenged Elias differently at each stage, in the period of war he was displaced from his home, and his son was exposed to a war injury during his mandatory service time. 

Corona came to be one of the most difficult periods he went through; it kept him away from...


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Aluminium Workshop


The years of war were not easy for Fadi's family, however, it didn't stop them from pursuing their dreams of living in peace and stability. Fadi’s family suffered a lot during the war, especially in the first years as Fadi is a resident of the village of Al-Jadeeda in the Idlib countryside, which is one of the Christian villages in the city of Idlib. He was displaced with his family from the village after they were besieged by armed groups.

At...


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Taxi


Elias is a strong man who defied the difficulties of life for the sake of his family’s happiness despite all the harsh circumstances he went through. 

Elias is married and has three children, he suffered a lot during the war; he had a taxi in 2014, but unfortunately it was destroyed by a shell in 2016, despite the difficulty of the situation he was able to overcome this incident for the sake of his children and started working as a driver...


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Plumber Equipmentَ


Naeem is an example of strong personality who will face crises with positive adaptation without suppression or confusion, married and has two sons, he works in the field of sanitary installations, solar energy installation and electricity extension.

Naeem tried to develop himself in his domain of work despite all the difficulties and challenges he faced, he is a creative person who added with his experience of more than 15 years working in the field of central heating, he rented a shop...


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Nutrition Consultant Clinic


Samar is a mother of three children and a clinical nutritionist, she obtained her degree in food technical engineering from the city of Aleppo, and works in the field of food engineering in several clinics affiliated with the churches. 

Samar is a persistent woman; despite all the difficulties and challenges, she completed her studies during war, and did not give up her childhood dream. She had a strong desire to open her own center, specializing in following up the conditions of...


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Dental Clinic


Dr. Ghassan have been working in the clinic for more than 30 years, he has extensive experience in the field of dentistry, his work was greatly affected during the war because his place was exposed to a lot of shells, and when the area became safe, he decided to develop his clinic's devices because the equipment was worn-out that it became dilapidated.

The earthquake destroyed all Ghassan’s dreams for the enhancement of his clinic and his house from which he and...


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Hairdressing Salon


Since childhood, Masses has been ambitious snd creative, he works in the field of women's hairdressing, his profession depends on good taste in order to satisfy customers, he has practiced this profession since childhood with at least 30 years of experience, Masses wants to develop his long-standing project, however, the equipment that he has is old and worn out due to daily use but he cannot afford a new set. 

“in our days the generator fees is consuming our inccome but...


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Cars Spraying


Shant is a passionate person, aspiring to be proficient in his work, self-reliant, in order to secure a decent life for his family; Shant is married and a father of two, he works day and night for the wellness of his family.

Shant works in the profession of car spraying, and has extensive experience in this field, he currently works in a workshop but the equipment is not his, and the wage he receives is not commensurate with his experience and...


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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-Market


"When you have faith in God, you don’t have to worry too much about your daily bread, you just do what you can and let him manage your life” Those were the wise words of Khaled Al-Hreira.

Khaled is 58 years old, married with three sons (Oday born in1998, Qusay and Loay born in 1999).

He is a mechanical engineer and for the last 30 years, he has been working as an employee at the Drinking-Water Corporation in Damascus. During the years...


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Sewing Workshop


Samira Ayoub, 54 years old, is a single woman living with her sister in a very small and old house in Aldwalaa area in Damascus. Her sister Nawal suffers from some health issues and has no one else to look after her but her loving sister.

Samira worked as a seamstress in sewing factories since 1984, through the years she became highly experienced in the sewing process with all its details, she even made time for fixing clothes at her house...


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Pick-up Truck


Jamil Demmar is an efficient, hard-working man who spent the past thirty years of his life working as an employee in a goldsmithing workshop. Despite his great experience and professionality of work, he could not save enough money to get his own workshop because of the high costs. 

Jamil lives with his elderly parents and two brothers in a modest house in Bab Touma, the three siblings all work just to afford the house needs and the medical expenses for their...


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Mini-Van


From behind his old steering wheel and for over 9 years, Aara was fighting all the difficulties of life. The 55-year-old man has experienced many hardships and yet, still has a warm smile and strong will.

Aara Koiskian is married with two children Arda and Kevork. They lived in Al-Dekhanieh area in the countryside of Damascus, but after the beginning of the crisis in Syria their house was destroyed completely and they had to move out. In 2013, a shell exploded...


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Spices and House Supplies


Although Abdullah Ajam is entering his seventies, he still has the strength of a young man ready to defy all life difficulties. He is originally from Aleppo but moved with his family to Jaramana, Damascus 20 years ago. Before the war in Syria, he worked at a goldsmith workshop but his profession deteriorated with the first months of the crisis. Abdullah stayed unemployed for about a year, but he was not willing to stay at home and wait for support...


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Hair Dressing


Being a mother of three little girls without a partner or a supporter within the most difficult circumstances is beyond stamina, yet Shadia had always gathered her strength to keep fighting and overcome obstacles for the sake of her daughters who were looking up to her knowing that she will always be there for them.

Shadia Sawaya is 46 years old, with three adorable girls: Sandi (2001), Sidra(2007), and sally(2012). Her husband passed away 8 years ago by a gunshot during...


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Mini-market


Spending your life as an employee thinking that you will have a secure future and spend the rest of your days enjoying your time with your family, was the dream of Marwan AL Yousef who retired after 25 years of working at the Rubber Company, but sadly he found himself facing an overwhelming war that changed everything to the worse.

The 57-year-old man is married and has three lovely children; Rita, Maria, and Joseph. His main concern was always to offer them...


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Mobile Phones Maintenance


In 2011, after turning seventeen, and instead of starting the journey of establishing his future life, Majd Aldhaim found himself facing a devastating war and terrible living conditions.

Majd was born in 1994, he lived along with his family in their old house in Al Dwalaa area. He had to drop out of university because he was called for military service where he faced many dangers and survived several accidents, those tough days affected his health situation and he started to...


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Sweets and Beverages


Within the past ten years, most people have been subjected to great injustice. The life of an entire generation has been stolen. Elias Alshaer is one of those young people whose life was greatly affected by the crisis in Syria; deprived of childhood, proper education and simplest living aspects.

In 2011, Elias and his family were living in the village of al-Qusayr in the countryside of Homs, but with the outbreak of the war in Syria, their house was destroyed and...


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Taxi


George is 49 years old, married and a father of three children.

At the beginning of the crisis, George was living in the city of Jaramana, Damascus countryside. His life was going peacefully until the Syrian war began and the family started to suffer from the terrible situation.

To protect his family, George decided to sell his only house to secure enough money and get away from Jaramana, he went to the countryside of Homs and lived there for a few years. he...


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Dental prosthesis laboratory


Our lives are not measured by the number of years, but by the size of our determination, experiences, and compassion. This is what Sandy Suleiman, 21 years old, proves with her story.

Sandy lives with her parents and sister at her aunt’s house in Jaramana because they couldn't afford to rent their own house under the pressure of the financial crisis. They all work and support each other so they can handle the tough livelihood circumstances in the country.

Sandy’s father works...


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Spices and Nuts Shop


It is always inspiring to see how much determination and hope a person has to face problems and defy them no matter how difficult they are, like Jalal Ghamika, 35 years old, who despite all the misfortunes in his life, still has a smile on his face against all the hardships.

Jalal was living with his family safely in the city of Homs, but with the outbreak of war in Syria, the city was directly affected, they fled to Damascus, where...


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