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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Electronic Devices Maintenance


Akram, a retired teacher, found new purpose in his Electronic Devices Maintenance workshop, sustaining his family since 1987.

With a wife and two daughters, his delicate work required uninterrupted power. The Micro Projects program became his beacon of hope. A solar power system revived his workshop during blackouts, providing the precise lighting he needed. 

This transformed his craft, ensuring accuracy and reliability. Akram's dedication to his family's well-being and his pursuit of excellence now shines brighter.

Sprayer-Trailer for Almond Land


Elias, a devoted husband and father from Al-Hamra village, owns an almond farm alongside with his three brothers.

Each of Elias and his three brothers made significant contributions to the almond farm, ensuring it became a complete and successful project. They utilized their resources and expertise, with each brother providing the necessary equipment and tools to enhance the efficiency of their work. United by their shared labor and efforts, they sought a solution to the mounting costs of spraying pesticides and...


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Nail Care Kit


Safaa's journey into nail care began with a training course and a year refining her skills at another's salon. In 2021, driven by the need to support her family, she launched her home-based nail care micro-project using minimal tools and the experience she had gathered. Married to Jihad, a taxi driver, and blessed with two daughters, they shared a modest life in a rented Fairouza village apartment.

Seeking to further enhance her project and elevate her family's circumstances, the selfless mother...


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Falafel Shop


Firas is a dedicated husband and father to three precious daughters, who is residing with his wife, daughters, and elderly mother. He has upheld his father's legacy by running a cherished falafel shop since 1983. However, his journey has been marked by many challenges.

Amidst severe electricity shortages, Firas struggled to operate his shop's refrigerators. The high fuel costs of using electric generators made his situation harder. Forced to prepare limited falafel quantities due to storage constraints, his earnings suffered. As...


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Wheat and Vegetables Land


Elias, a retired employee and lifelong farmer from Qattinah village, resides with his wife, two daughters, son, and five-year-old grandson. 

With a passion for farming since his youth, Elias filled his land with wheat and vegetables, blessed with a water well. However, the harshness of war took his sprayers for irrigation. 

Elias turned to the Micro Projects Program, seeking seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, and new sprayers. Fortunately, his application found approval, and the needed support arrived. The devoted farmer regained hope, with seeds and sprayers, his land thrived, showcasing the power of determination.

Agricultural Vehicle


A beautiful land planted with almond trees is the only source of livelihood for Mttanos, his mother, and his sister. They come from a family of farmers and lived in their home village Al-Maamoura for generations.

Mttanos's father and uncle bought a tractor many years ago and used it together to plow and water their land. However, its tires became very old over time, and driving this vehicle became dangerous.

What stood in his way of buying new tires and benefitting from...


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Olive, Vegetables, and Grape Land


Jihad is a divorced man and a devoted father to his young son, following the destruction of his two clothing shops in Homs city due to the devastating explosions during war, he returned with his son to his home village of Maskanah to settle down with his mother and brother, aiming to rebuild their lives all over again.

The bustling city life he once knew was replaced by the quiet life of rural Maskanah. Embracing his roots, he transformed into a...


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Sewing Machines


Nada lives with her elderly parents and wall-painter brother. Her journey began as a skilled seamstress in 2003, working for a reputable cotton clothing company until 2010. In 2014, circumstances led her to sew from home, allowing her to care for her family. In 2019, life tested her resilience as cancer struck her body. After a successful battle, Nada emerged stronger post-hysterectomy but unable to endure physical strain. Her sewing talent became her power. Investing in a sewing machine, she...


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Mini-Market


Starting as his father's assistant in his plumbing workshop in 2006, their partnership was unfortunately cut short by his father's passing in 2009. Hussam bravely carried on, until the onset of war disrupted everything. Displaced to his mother's village, he patiently weathered the storm until 2018, when he embraced a new chapter by marrying and returning to Homs.

With his growing family, Hussam's job as a salesman at an agricultural company was barely sufficient for his family's needs. Fueled by determination,...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Danny, a devoted father and husband, resides with his family in a rented home within Al-Arman neighborhood. In the years preceding the war, he toiled as a restaurant employee until 2009, when his duties shifted to mandatory military service, spanning long nine years. 

Rejoining civilian life in 2015, he returned to the service industry, his lack of formal education and specialized skills limited his pursuit of entrepreneurship. Facing mounting financial constraints, Danny's optimism was revived when he heard about the Micro...


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Mini-Market


Ranim, a devoted wife and mother, shares a modest rented home with her husband Wassim, their young son, and her father-in-law. 

To support her husband's earnings, she took a bold step by leasing a small shop early in 2023, creating a charming mini-market. Recognizing its potential, she turned to the Micro Projects Program for aid in strengthening her small project. With a vision to cater to the community's needs, she diligently stocked the store with various goods.

Ranim's determination shone as she nurtured the new business, seeking to uplift her family's financial stability. Through perseverance and the program's support, her mini-market now flourishes, augmenting their income and fostering hope in their shared future.

Wall Painting Equipment


At only 13 years old, Samer shouldered the responsibility of supporting his mother and siblings after his father's passing. Despite the limited resources, he honed his craft for 20 years. However, adversity struck when his equipment was stolen during the war in Sadad.

For a decade, he sought opportunities in Lebanon to secure a better life for his family. But, when circumstances grew challenging, he had to return home. Undeterred, he collaborated with other craftsmen due to his lack of tools.

Hope...


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Mobile Maintenance Workshop


Based on some simple tools, Johnny Gibran was able to work for many years in the field of mobile phones' maintenance, a skill he gained after working as a maintenance worker in his beginnings. During that period, he was able to learn the profession and take on the full work in return for a monthly salary through which he could cover the costs of daily life and take care of the household expenses, especially since his parents were old and...


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Barbershop


Michel has always been a hardworking young man who strives to be self-reliant and works hard to support his family, which consists of loving parents, a brother, and a sister.

He is 27 and lives with his family in an old house in the Al-Dwalaa neighborhood, in Damascus. 

Michel began his working life at an early age as he used to work after school in a barbershop until he learned the profession well.

Once he was in his twenties, he decided to become...


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Taxi


Being the head of a family and the father of three kids and finding yourself unable to feed them or provide a decent living is a very hard feeling and may sometimes lead to despair, as in the case of Louay Thabet, 29, married and has Sarkis, Michel, and Fadi.

Louay was working as a pick-up driver in the town of Maaloula where he was living with his family, but after the start of the war, Maaloula was exposed to many...


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Sweets and Shakes Shop


Although Michel was always from the A students of his school, he had a passion for making sweets, that is why after he finished the baccalaureate, he registered at the engineering institute and in the afternoon worked in a sweets shop to gain experience and do the job he loves dreaming of having his own project in the future.

With the beginning of 2011, Michel was called for military service and had to pass through severe circumstances for more than three...


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Hairdressing Salon


Somer has always been passionate about the hairdressing profession, and ever since he finished his baccalaureate, he began to work for experienced hairdressers in order to learn the profession so that he could have his own salon in the future and become self-dependent without relying on anyone, especially since his father used to work as a tiler and due to his health condition, was no longer able to carry out strenuous work so the greatest burden of providing the household...


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Nails Care center


Lilian Abou Nemer has always been a self-dependent woman who didn’t accept desperation in her life as she insisted on working hard in order to support herself and her kids without needing anyone’s help. 

She used to live with her husband and kids in Heineh village but unfortunately, she wasn’t in a good relationship with her husband so she started to work as a school teacher and support herself then she learned the nail care profession and when she became unable...


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Kindergarten


Raising children and taking care of them has always been Ruba’s passion and to fulfill this passion she studied at the faculty of education and then enrolled in several educational courses to help her specialize more in this field and started working as a teacher in Yabrud area in the countryside of Damascus. However, after the start of the war in Syria, the area of Yabrud became under threat, forcing Ruba and her family to move to the city of...


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Taxi


Ayham Almhanna is from Daraa governorate in south Syria, he used to live there with his parents and siblings and was raised to be a self-dependent and hardworking man who started supporting himself and his family from a young age.

Like many of his age, Ayham had to serve in the military service for more than nine years during the Syrian crisis where he had to encounter several dangers in Aleppo and Damascus in addition to experiencing great fear when his...


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Mini-Van


Success isn’t always about greatness, most of the time, it is about strong will and hard work.

Like the case of Fares Al-Sbeih who is 29, single, and lives with his family at his uncle’s house in Damascus.

Fares was one of many who became adults during a critical time in Syria, a time of war, destruction, and fear but he didn’t accept to let despair sneak into his heart.

On the contrary, he started working at a young age to handle his...


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Taxi


For most of his life, Simon had to count on himself to encounter the great responsibilities he was holding as his parents’ health was unwell and he was the breadwinner of the house and the supporter for his four sisters.

As a result, he traveled to Libya at a young age and worked as a goldsmith for about four years, then he had to return to Syria because his father had to undergo Heart surgery and he had to look after...


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Sewing Workshop


“It's really unfortunate when you have everything you dream about to wake up the next day and find it's all gone.

We were living in Alzabadani town in prosperity as we owned land planted with walnut trees, a villa with a swimming pool, a carpentry workshop, and a wood warehouse.

My husband was a carpenter and our financial situation was very good, but all of that disappeared overnight and we found ourselves fleeing under bombing and sniping, with only our clothes on,...


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Pick-up Car


"I feel like I am living as an extra number in this cruel world", it was with great sadness and despair that Hassan said these words.

He is a 31-year-old single man who lives with his mother and brother in an old house in Jaramana. Hassan worked any available job to afford the daily food for his family as his father had passed away leaving him to be responsible for his mother and younger brother.

During the first years of the war,...


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