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

Blacksmith Workshop


Youssef lives with his wife, parents and sister in his family's house. After marriage he was planning to live in a borrowed house and he had started to renovate, but during the war the house was damaged. Then they traveled to Lebanon for three years but he didn’t succeed there so he came back to his country.

During his time in Lebanon, he worked as a blacksmith in a company, after which he worked for two years in maintaining air conditioners,...


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Plumbing Equipment


Harout is 41 years old and a father of two daughters and a son, living in a rented house, his first job was in his father's shoe workshop, then they sold it to cover living expenses. Afterwards he started working as a plumber in a monastery and learned the profession there. 

In 2010 he traveled to Lebanon and continued in the same profession.
At the end of 2011 the family returned to Aleppo and bought a house, unfortunately after nearly just one...


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Taxi


Mikhaiel is a newly married man who recently moved to a rental apartment subsequent to living in his parent’s house since his financial situation was unstable.

Mikhaiel started his career back in his early twenties when he rented his friend’s taxi and worked as an uber driver but this didn’t last long because he got called for military service in 2007 for two years and then he worked in a sewing workshop approximately for 8 years. 

In 2017 he got injured by...


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Carpentry Equipment


Ghassan 55 years old has been working as a carpenter for more than 40 years, he learned this profession and worked in many workshops for more than twenty years, then he decided to become independent and work separately between homes and workshops upon request.

Today, Ghassan is the father of two sons who live in his grandmother’s house, after the loss of their own home, which he bought in 2012. As a result, the family moved to the city of Homs...


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Photography Equipment


Pamela lives with her parents and her younger sister in a rented apartment, she has been working since she was 17 and they moved to Tartus to escape from the war and the shells that were falling all over Aleppo.

In Tartus she worked in so many different domains, later, she started taking photographs as a hobby then, that hobby turned to a passion and profession.

In 2017 the family came back to Aleppo and Pamela's friends were the biggest supporters who...


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Sweets and pastries at home


Katia is married with two kids; she loves to take care of her family and pamper them along with prioritizing time for her hobbies and her work.

Katia discovered her passion which was making pastries and sweets, she took a course from a professional chef to gain more knowledge in her specialization.

She started evolving slowly, and her first few orders were from her close friends and her relatives, everyone who tried her sweets and pastries encouraged her to keep up her...


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Air conditioning and refrigerator maintenance


Antoine is married with 2 kids, they live in a modest apartment, his wife and him both work hard for their daughters.

Antoine has made his way in this world by working at air conditioning maintenance since he was a young man, he started as a worker and after taking a course he developed his work range.

First few years of learning the profession were somehow harsh on him, but his aim and hard work paid off and he became skilled and...


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Taxi


Antoine is a divorced man living with his daughter who is preparing for the bachelor’s exam and they live a small apartment.

Antoine had a vehicle which he used to drive when he was a round trip driver at a transportation company and he was satisfied with his income but after the war and its consequences the company decided to close and he became unemployed. 

Because he has a daughter to take care of, he needed to quickly search for a new...


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Rubber Mold Workshop


Mikhaiel served in military for 10 years and now he thrives to start his life from scratch; despite all the difficulties that he has been facing, decided to focus on the opportunities and not the obstacles.

He had started working in the rubber molding domain with his father since he was young, gained experience and even worked during the vacations of his military service.

Moreover, they've lost all of their equipment during the war due to the fact that their workshop’s region...


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Stationery shop


"I love my country Syria and I'll keep up working at my shop no matter what" 

Salem who is 66 years old, lives in one of the parish's houses with his wife and three children, during the war they were forced to leave their home for a short period of time and sadly his daughter got injured by a stray bullet and she is still carrying a piece of it in her hand, moreover his stationery shop was damaged by the...


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Sewing workshop


Salim is a hardworking and strong-willed man, who lives with his three siblings along with being the main breadwinner in his family. 

Salim laid the foundation of his sewing experience back when he was young by helping his father in his free time and during his summer vacations.

In 1986, he opened his own workshop and everything was great, the business was profitable, which made him enlarge the project and specialize in sewing uniforms.

The story of his big success was torn apart...


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Rubber Molding


Everyone appreciates his valuable possessions and it is difficult to sell a property in order to face the difficulty of life and the difficult living conditions.

Ohaness faced this problem when he had to sell their house because of the lack of work at that time after he was discharged from the military.

He is 31 years old, served the military for more than nine years, now he lives with his brother, who serves in the military, and his mother in their...


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Café


Elie was forced to give up on his passion in life after a dangerous accident that almost killed him; he had to sell all of his sound equipment to pay the hospital costs, as he went through many surgeries. His treatment lasted for a full year until he became able to stand on his feet again but unfortunately, he lost the ability to move his arm.

Elie is a sound engineer, he is the only provider for his family of five;...


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Wall Painting Equipment


Although he lost the main equipment for his work during the war, Mourad didn’t give up and kept working with very simple tools which he was left with, just to ensure his family a dignified life being their sole provider. 

Mourad has worked as a wall painter since 1995, he is a married man and a father of two; his daughter Jessica (19 years old) who is a university student, and his son Fadi (16 years old) a student in the...


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Mobile Phones Maintenance


Despite his young age, Elias felt that it’s his responsibility to help his father in providing for their big family, he managed to balance between his studies and work. Elias is an enthusiastic young man, he is a second-year student in the faculty of economics, he lives with his mother, his two sisters, his grandmother and his aunt while his father traveled to Lebanon seeking a better source of livelihood. 

After his father’s travel, he couldn’t stand by without doing anything...


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Dental Laboratory


Despite all the losses he experienced, Ramez didn’t give up and kept trying to support his family during and after the war. He graduated from the faculty of prosthodontic in 1983, and opened his own laboratory, since then he has worked very hard to ensure a dignified life for his family of four. In 2013, the cruel war forced Ramez and his family to leave their life behind and move to Al-Hamidia, he managed to start a new laboratory with...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Osama is newly married, he lives with his wife Baraa in a rented apartment and he is the sole house provider. 

He started working seven years ago in the field of goods distribution in the UAE, then in 2015, he returned home and he was unable to travel again. One year later, he settled down in the city of Homs and started a new life; he found a job in a distribution company and he worked in driving its vehicles, this...


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Pharmacy


After serving in the army for seven years, Kinan had no other choice but to start his life from all over from scratch. He is a pharmacist, living with his wife Ranim who is a teacher and their two-year-old son Julian.

When Kinan was finally discharged, his simple financial abilities were an obstacle, stopping him from starting his life project, unfortunately, he was forced to postpone this dream and work as an employee for a medicine company. Lately, life started to...


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Mini-Market


Nadia is a single woman, she works in her own mini-market which she opened back in 2008 and lives with her sister Sabah (64 years old), her niece Caroline (16 years old) and her nephew Anis (23 years old) who is a university student, they all moved to live with them after the death of their parents. 

Her mini-market has always been known for the variety of its food commodities because she always focused on supplying her shop with various goods...


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Mini-Market


Mary and her husband found themselves alone following the marriage of their children. In 2006, Mary became the only provider for her husband after he had a serious health condition, which prevented him from working and providing for his family. She opened a mini-market to secure some decent income, and the shop became well known in the neighborhood for the wide variation of food commodities and products.

Unfortunately, during the last year, the sharp increase in prices and the spread of COVID-19 affected her business negatively, and supplying the shop with more goods became much harder. 

Getting the needed support helped Mary to save her family’s only source of livelihood and took her out of the risk of having to shut down her dearly shop. 

Wooden Furniture Spraying


Elias started inheriting the furniture spraying skill from his father since 1995, he lives with his wife and their three children in a rented apartment and he is the family’s sole breadwinner.

In 2011, this family was displaced from their village (Al-Qsayer) after losing everything they have and started a new life from scratch. Elias had to leave his family in Homs and travel to Lebanon in search of better livelihood; he found a job in the same profession but unfortunately,...


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Taxi


Shadi used to work as a driver for eight years. He is the only provider for his wife Mariette and their four-year-old son Fadi. When the war started in Homs, Shadi’s family was displaced from their home to a village near Homs called “Mashta Al-Helou” where he worked on someone else’s car by splitting the profits with him, the income he got was insufficient to even cover his family’s basic needs, which made him think of a way to enhance...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Firas used to work as a floor tiler; he was living a peaceful life with his wife and their three children in Al-Hamidia until the cruel war came and changed everything. Leaving their life and memories behind was not easy, but when the place they called home became very dangerous, this family was forced to make that hard decision. 

The savage war took everything from them; they were living in a rented house, and Firas lost his equipment which was his...


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Pharmacy


Julia is a pharmacist who lives with her parents after her two brothers traveled abroad seeking better job opportunities. The war forced her family to flee from their home in Al-Hamidia to Lebanon, but they couldn’t stay for a long time due to the high costs of living, so they returned to Syria and moved to a village called (Mashta Al-Helou) as Homs was not safe yet and they stayed in a rented apartment for five years, when the family...


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Taxi


Samir is a husband and a father of 2 young kids that he devoted his life to providing them with what they need for a good life, especially for his son, who suffers from asthma and needs to visit the hospital every now and then to recover. 

Samir works two shifts every day as a valet at a hotel and even though he works for long hours he still barely makes enough to survive

Back in 2010, Samir used to own an optical...


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Law Office


Nidal always dreamed of becoming a lawyer. He studied hard and graduated from law university in 2001. However, his family's financial situation prevented him from finishing his degree, and he had to work as a government employee after graduation. He also had to help his father in their small grocery shop next to their house.

Years went by, and in 2019, Nidal finally finished his studies and became a lawyer. He started working under the supervision of a professional attorney, and...


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Taxi


Youssef had always been a hardworking man. He spent most of his life as a government employee, dedicating himself to his job with diligence and determination. However, as the years went on, his age began to catch up with him, and he found himself suffering from a series of health issues that made it increasingly difficult for him to work as he used to. he had already undergone a hernia surgery and a digestive system operation in recent years, and...


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Mini-Van


Wasef  was content with his work until the war broke out, forcing him to serve in the most dangerous areas. Despite the risks, he remained determined to survive. 

Years went by, and Wasef witnessed countless heart-wrenching moments that often left him with a heavy heart. However, in 2018, something even more devastating happened. While on duty, he got injured by being exposed to poisonous gas, causing him to lose one of his lungs.

Wasef's injuries limited his work options, and he found...


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Taxi


life had not been easy for Riad. He has two young children and a wife who works as a babysitter to help make ends meet, to add to his troubles, his two sisters were married to men that had been diagnosed with deadly diseases, and Riad took on the responsibility of supporting them as well.

Riad had always been a hard worker. For over 20 years he had worked with gold, crafting delicate and intricate pieces that were traded all around...


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Pick-up truck


Rawad was just a boy when he lost both his parents, he had to start working hard from a young age to make a living. He worked on farms in his hometown and various jobs here and there to make a living, but life was tough.

When the time came for Rawad to serve in the army in 2011, he was sent to one of the most dangerous area in Syria - Daraa where he spent 10 years on the frontlines,...


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Pharmacy


Randa was born and raised in the small village of Khabab, where her parents had settled after retiring. She lived with her family, which included her brother who serve in the army, and her sister who work as a teacher.

After completing her high school education, Randa was lucky to receive a scholarship to study in Damascus, along with her sister and brother; Randa worked hard to earn her degree and was overjoyed when she graduated.

Afterward, Randa started her career as...


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Pick-up truck


Samer is a hardworking husband and loving father of two young children including a newborn baby. The four of them rent a small house in the countryside. He used to work in automotive electronics but had to stop due to a debilitating condition called Sciatica; this condition has not only prevented him from continuing to work in his field but has also limited his ability to work in any job because he is in immense constant physical pain.  

Samer needs surgery that...


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Pickup truck


Nidal's life has been full of struggles and hardships that would have broken the resolve of the strongest men; Nidal has faced numerous challenges that have threatened his family's survival. He is a husband, a father, and a grandfather that had to endure the weight of responsibility for his loved ones' well-being.

With a small two-room house, Nidal's living conditions have never been the best. Still, he has managed to provide his family a roof over their heads. His eldest son...


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Taxi


Youssef woke up to the sound of his mother's sewing machine that she used to earn some extra money. in the small rented house where they lived with his older brother. They had been struggling to make ends meet since his father passed away years ago. 

Youssef had studied in college, but the war situation forced him to leave and serve in the army from 2018 to 2021. It was a difficult time, but he managed to pull through with the...


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Taxi


Danny always knew that life wasn't going to be easy. He grew up in a small village near Swaidaa, in the countryside of Syria. Danny's father was their sole provider, working as a farmer to feed his family. Danny helped him since he was old enough to pick vegetables and deliver them to the local market.

When Danny was only 18 years old, his father passed away from cancer. It was a huge shock to the family. Danny had to take...


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Tattoo Artist


Sandra had always been the reliable one in her family. As the eldest child, she had taken on the role of mother and sister to her younger brother, especially after their mother passed away in 2012.

It was a devastating loss for the family, but especially for Sandra and her brother. Their mother had a heart attack after hearing about an explosion where her son was at that time. The trauma of losing her son overwhelmed her and led to her...


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