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.







Graphic Clothes Printing

Abdullah Hatem, a hardworking 31-year-old with an entrepreneurial mindset, started his journey from a young age. He worked alongside his father, who owned a car mechanic workshop, but Abdullah did not envision himself working in the same field. Instead, he developed a keen interest in the art of garment printing. In 2012, he embarked on his journey and worked towards starting his own project and owning a workshop.

Abdullah's determination and hard work allowed him to save every penny he earned,...

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Car Maintenance

Kevork is a 53-year-old skilled mechanic with over 30 years of experience in car maintenance and mechanics. He used to work in his workshop, which he owned since 2005. However, when the war started, his house in Aleppo was damaged by the ongoing shelling. As a result, he was forced to make the difficult decision of selling the equipment he had acquired through years of hard work and moving to Lebanon with his family.

From 2015 onwards, he resided in Lebanon...

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Bassil Mssedy, a dedicated father in his 50s, worked as a blacksmith for 15 years in the industrial city of Aleppo. Unfortunately, the aftermath of the war made him jobless. The industrial area, once thriving, now lay in ruins.

Bassil and his wife used to reside in a rented house in Al Midan, an area that was heavily bombarded during the war. Tragedy struck one fateful day when a missile destroyed their home. Miraculously, they had left the house just an...

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CNC Carving Machine

George Tabbakh is a skilled CNC machinist with 15 years of experience. He began his career in 1997 until 2002 when he decided to start his own business and invest in a metal lathing machine. George has always had a passion for personal development and enjoys immersing himself in new learning experiences. Aware of the potential of 3D printing and mechanical drawing, he attended numerous workshops and courses to enhance his skills with software like SolidWorks.

In 2008, George purchased his...

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Car Mechanics Workshop

Vahe Tashjian is a 56-year-old mechanic with 23 years of experience. In his younger years, he worked in Kuwait, but he later moved to Aleppo, where he found employment in various companies. Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of war, the companies closed down, leaving him jobless. 

Vahe has always dreamt of owning his own workshop, but his previous attempts were unsuccessful due to the need for financial resources, in 2022, he briefly went to Dubai but got very ill. In less...

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Aziz is a determined young man, recently married to Rasha and waiting for their first born child.

He worked as a driver since 2009 and continued working in this job during his ten-years military service in Damascus, Rasha works as a nurse in a hospital and they live in a modest rented house. 

During his service aziz was injured in the leg then he was discharged and he started looking for a job to secure his life and future. His parents decided...

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Antoine had a good life before the war working as a hairdresser with great skill and many customers, in 2013 he was called for military service and had to serve for nine long years in Aleppo's suburbs which affected his health greatly as he was subject to many injuries from explosions.

Antoine suffered from a neurological condition that caused trembling in his hands and he no longer was able to continue in his original career of hairstyling, even grabbing the scissors...

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Tailoring Workshop

Haytham's journey in the world of tailoring began in 1988, Aleppo, During the war Haytham faced a great loss when his workshop in Shekh Maksoud was completely destroyed and all of his sewing machines and tools were stolen. He used to work alongside his brother for a short period of time, but circumstances led them to separate and focus on their individual projects. Haytham received his share of the profits, which he had planned for his own project, but instead,...

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Antoine is 28 years old, married and a father of a 1 year old lovely boy, he has served in the military for almost the last ten years of his life which has robbed him of any opportunity to pursue a career and build a future for his family.

with no experience and a very harsh economic situation of the country, Antoine put a lot of thinking of his next step in life, he looked for any job that would help...

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Sewing Machines

Salem Kadah, a 40-year-old tailor, chose to follow in his father's footsteps and become a tailor himself. Before the war, he worked alongside his father. However, after his father passed away in 2003, Salem forged his own path and began working in jeans production, distributing products to high-end brands. Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of war, his business was disrupted, which forced him to look for alternative sources of income.

In 2016-2017, Salem attempted to revive jeans production but faced significant...

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Mardiros a young barber with seven years of experience, he lives with his mother and bears the sole responsibility of being the family's breadwinner. As a talent in his craft, Mardiros was longing for the security and independence that came with owning his own barbershop. However, the lack of supportive environment and economic challenges of the country left him hesitant to take the leap. He meticulously calculated every aspect, and despite numerous attempts, he remained doubtful as it posed a...

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Photography and design

Nancy Samaan, an ambitious young girl from Tartous, graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts and later relocated with her family to Aleppo. Nancy always had a clear vision of her passion for graphic design and poured her heart and soul into her work.

At a young age, in 2018, Nancy started her career as a graphic designer. However, she soon realized that her previous job didn't provide the opportunities she needed to improve her skills and profession. Determined to grow,...

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Almond and Olive Land

Mounir, a hardworking farmer from the village of Al-Maamoura, carries the weight of responsibility on his shoulders as the head of a family of seven. As a loving husband and father to five children, he is determined to provide for his family and secure a brighter future for them.

On his vast land, adorned with almond and olive trees, he toils day in and day out to yield a bountiful harvest. However, his beloved land has a perpetual need for plowing...

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Stationery Store

Rami, a husband and father of two, has always strived to provide for his small family. Since 2009, he has been running a stationery store, which serves as his sole source of livelihood. However, with the desire to improve their quality of life, he knew he needed additional support.

His wife, Rania, selflessly took on a government job to contribute to the family's income. Despite their combined efforts, they realized that their small store needed some essential upgrades to boost profitability....

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Floor Tiling Equipment

Maurice, a devoted family man, faced many challenges throughout his life. As the sole breadwinner for his wife and three children, he took great pride in his work as a floor tiler since 1992. However, his journey was fraught with hardship.

This family had experienced the tumultuous realities of war. In 2012, Maurice and his family were displaced from their home in the Al-Hamidia neighborhood due to the ongoing battles in their city of Homs. They sought safety in Mashta Al-Helou...

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Irrigation Supplies

Maher, a hardworking farmer from Maskanah village, faced challenges in providing for his family, just like many Syrians after the war. With his wife and four children relying solely on farming for their livelihood, every crop was crucial for their survival. Together, they worked tirelessly on their land, which was planted with grape, almond, and olive trees.

One portion of their land, containing the grapevines, was jointly owned by him and his brother. To ensure proper irrigation, they had installed a...

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Graphic and Architectural Design Equipment

Elian's life revolved around his passion for architecture and his commitment to his family. Living with his parents, sister, and brother, he understood the importance of financial stability. As a university student, he had taken a student loan to purchase a laptop, an essential tool for his studies.

One unfortunate day, his laptop encountered a problem, and he took it to a maintenance workshop for repair. However, fate had a different plan for him. The laptop was stolen from the workshop,...

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Electrical Installation Equipment

Ghassan, a dedicated electrician with over 30 years of experience, has faced a lot of challenges throughout his career. Hailing from Homs city, he tirelessly served both the urban area and its surrounding villages. His sole companion in life is his wife, Reema, and together they reside in a rented house located in Fairouza village.

His journey in the electrical field began in 1990, but the eruption of war forced him to halt his work for four years. Determined to rebuild...

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Grocery Shop

In 2007, Firas turned a part of his house into a grocery shop. As the sole provider for his wife, their four-year-old daughter, two-year-old son, his mother, and sister, he took on the responsibility of supporting and caring for his loved ones.

However, in 2017, as the situation in Syria became increasingly difficult, he decided to embark on a journey to Lebanon, seeking better opportunities for his family's future.

Life in Lebanon brought its own set of challenges, compounded by a financial...

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Maintenance of Agricultural Machinery

Imad, a married man and a devoted father of three daughters and a son, resides in the village of Al-Maamoura. As a farmer, he toils tirelessly to provide for his family's needs. To supplement his income, he also works at someone else's farm, utilizing his expertise and dedication.

However, Imad's life took a harrowing turn during the brutal war that ravaged his region. One fateful night, he was kidnapped, held captive until a ransom was paid for his release. Though he...

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Perfumes, Cosmetics, and Accessories Shop

Issa's life had been full of ups and downs, but he never lost hope. As a dedicated husband and father, he always strove to provide a better life for his family. After completing his military service in 2001, Issa was determined to build a stable future.

In search of better opportunities, he traveled to Lebanon and worked in the restaurant industry for three years. In 2004, he returned to Homs and secured a job at a reputable restaurant. With hard work,...

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Water Tanker for Almond Land

Attallah and his brother are farmers from Al-Maamoura village, they own a land; 60% of it is planted with almond trees, in addition to having a tractor for the different agricultural activities. Attallah is the sole provider for his wife and their three children; two sons and a daughter. 

Lately, watering the trees became a real financial burden, since renting a tanker was very expensive and took a huge part of the income. 

The hardworking man applied for a tanker hoping to save the high expenses and be able to benefit from the whole land, especially that two families are living on its bounties. Ensuring suitable irrigation will improve production and guarantee a decent living for them. 

Mini Pick-up Truck

Born and raised in the humble village of Um-Sharshooh, Ayham was thrust into adulthood prematurely when his father tragically passed away while he was in the sixth grade. With the responsibility of supporting his mother and younger siblings weighing heavily on his young shoulders, he was forced to leave school and seek employment.

Undeterred by his circumstances, he embarked on a journey of exploring various job opportunities. He toiled tirelessly, eager to provide a better life for his family. In 2010,...

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Mini Pick-up Truck

As a single young man living in Fairouza village, Elias found himself facing numerous challenges. After serving in the army for nine and a half years, he encountered a significant hurdle - the lack of work experience. Determined to support his elderly parents, Elias took on different jobs, such as working on someone else's pick-up truck or laboring on farms, to earn an income.

His father added another layer of concern, as he battled with diabetes and required constant care. The...

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When someone has been through terrible trauma and they’re starting a new life from scratch, it’s not easy for them to recover especially if they were living in a post-war period like the case of Yazan Sayegh.

He is 25 and lives with his parents and sister in Kashkoul. Yazan was 18 when the family received the news of his brother’s death during his military service in Aleppo. Such news was devastating for the whole family especially Yazan who had to...

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Perfume and Cosmetics Shop

Mariam always believed that there is no limit to what she could accomplish despite all the difficulties she had been through

She is 40 years old, divorced, and originally from Tartous but lives alone in a small room in Damascus. Mariam got married at a young age but after seven years she got divorced and returned with her kids to live at her parents' house in Tartous. She didn’t hesitate to continue her education and was enrolled at the trade and...

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Laser Machine

Maram Mahfoud 31, is an independent, hardworking woman, who was always strong enough to stand alone in the face of difficult circumstances.

She lives with her parents in an old room in Bab Sharqi. Her father used to work at a sanitary maintenance workshop but after getting old, his health didn’t allow him to keep working which affected their financial conditions. Despite her young age, Maram decided to start working and support her parents so she enrolled in a make-up course...

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Johnny Fallouh is 33 years old, he is newly married and soon to be a father. In 2006, he started his career as a pastry chef and was passionate about this job but in 2011 he was called to join the military service and thought that it would be for two years and then he would go back to continue his normal life and the work he loves.

Unfortunately, his service coincided with the beginning of the war in Syria, it...

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Wood Cutting Factory

With a deep wound in his heart, Jan Samaan was struggling each day to continue his life journey and improve his condition.

Jan was worked as a carpenter since 1990 as he established a carpentry workshop in partnership with his friend specializing in the field of kitchens and bedrooms. Together they worked hard to improve their business.

However, during the war, the carpentry work decreased and their income became not enough for both of them so his friend decided to end the...

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Pick-up Truck

“All the incidents we went through during the years of war were no harder than holding my son bleeding and seeing him fighting death to survive”

This is how Samer explained his tragedies during the Syrian war.

Samer Deeb is 49 years old, married to Roula Memary, and has two sons Elias born in 2004 and Gabi born in 2006. He lives with his family and sick mother at a modest flat in Dwalaa area.

Before the crisis, Samer was working as a...

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Pick-up Truck

Firas had to face enormous difficulties in his life as he was responsible for his sick mother and disabled sister in addition to the household demands so he started working as a mini-bus driver at a young age seeking direct income to afford the living expenses.

He was working on Darayya-Damascus transportation line but after the start of the war, it became very dangerous to work there then the area was closed due to the armed conflict making Firas lose his...

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Electric Keyboard

As a talented musician, George's career started in 2006, he was playing his favorite instrument “the Electric Keyboard” in various locations performing beautiful musical sets.

George had a great passion for music and wanted to deliver his music love to everyone believing that this is an important message in his life, so he took classes at many schools and started teaching music to children until 2014 when the situation deteriorated badly and the teaching income was very low compared to the...

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Blacksmith Workshop

Samaan is 35, unmarried, and lives with his parents and his grandmother. He has three brothers; Alaa and Jalal are married and live separately while Bashar is in military service which made Samaan the breadwinner of the house and responsible for his parents and his sick granny.

Before the war, his family lived in the village of Al-Adeedah, his father was a blacksmith so after turning 15, he started to help him at the workshop and learned the profession, in 2008...

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Stationery Shop

As a determined man, age was never an obstacle in Youssef’s life.

He was a hard-working employee for more than 23 years at a governmental institution then he retired and started to do freelance work, seeking one target in his life which is providing his kids with a safe and comfortable environment.

During the crises, the situation started to decline and his income became unstable so he decided to collect his savings and start a small stationary shop in the neighborhood to...

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Shoe-making Workshop

Nabil Farhat, a shoemaker for more than 25 years, is originally from Lebanon, came to Syria in the late eighties, learned the profession of shoemaking, and decided to continue his life in this beloved country.

He got married and had three kids and was very known in his field as many factories were dealing with him due to his meticulous professional work and kind attitude with customers, he considered Syria as his homeland and was feeling grateful to this country who...

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Sewing Workshop

Rabee has always been an expert at sewing, he had even owned his own workshop since 2003 in a small village, where he lived with his wife and three kids.

However, trouble came knocking at his door when an armed group attacked the area. Rabee and his family had to flee for their lives, leaving behind their rented small house and all their belongings, including his beloved sewing workshop.

Rabee had to start from scratch and find a way to provide for...

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