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

Taxi


Jan found himself serving in the midst of chaos as Idlib, his area of service, turned into a battlefield; he was attacked by militants but thankfully unharmed, sadly, three of his friends were killed before his eyes. His house was also hit by several mortar shells. He and his family experienced terrifying horror. 

When he was discharged from the army, he found himself without any work skills. His father passed away two months ago due to a stroke, and his mother...


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Blacksmith


George was visited at his sister's house, where he lives with his family of four. They have been living with his sister's family for three years, sharing living expenses and rent.

George is married with two sons. He is originally from the Al-Jadida area in Idlib countryside, where he was settled with his family and owned a blacksmith shop equipped with full tools. However, the war forced them to leave their town in 2013 due to the unstable conditions and lack...


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Pharmacy


Areej, a pharmacist, is married with two children. She has worked tirelessly and diligently to achieve her goals in life.

Pharmacists encounter many people daily, requiring them to have patience which is a key quality that Areej possesses that helped her navigate the challenges of dealing with doctors and patients alike.

Areej is from Homs, she graduated from Al-Baath University with a degree in Pharmacy. After graduation, she worked as a representative for a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. However, due to the war,...


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Car Maintenance


George is married with two children, he works as an auto mechanic. He learned the trade from a young age and currently works in his brother's shop due to his inability to afford rental costs for his own place. During the war, he moved to Lebanon and continued working in auto repair. He had a set of tools in Aleppo, but most of them were stolen due to the lack of security in the area where he was working.

George suffered...


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Yervant served his country for over 9 years, across most Syrian cities. However, in 2016, he sustained a shoulder injury that resulted in a 15% disability, leading to his reassignment to the back lines as a driver.

Yervant is married and has an newborn son. After giving birth, his wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, rendering her unable to care for their child. Consequently, her mother lives with them to help with the baby.

During his military service, Yervant was responsible for...


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For fifteen years, Makardij has been serving at the Franciscan Sisters' Monastery with a modest salary. He lives with his son in a house borrowed from a relative.

Makardij once owned a Suzuki that he worked with, but during the war, he sold it in hopes of financing his travel abroad. Unfortunately, due to family circumstances, he lost the money, and his plan to travel fell through.

Despite the challenges, he remained resilient, driven by his desire to provide a better future...


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"Thank God for everything", this is how Mr. Karabet began his conversation during the visit. Karabet is married and has a son and a daughter.

Currently, he works as a driver for a mobile-phone company, but with a low salary. He transports employees and goods between centers.

His daughter suffers from cerebral palsy due to a medical error during childbirth. He bought a car in partnership to work with, but he didn't keep it for more than three months because his daughter...


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Motor Winding


Samir is married and has two sons. He works in motor rewinding and repairs all industrial tools. His father used to have an aluminum manufacturing plant, but due to the war, the plant was completely looted and destroyed. These successive events took a toll on the family, and his father sadly passed away.

After losing the plant at the beginning of the war, Samir decided to take his family and move to start a new life. He chose to go to...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


"You are my brothers, and your visit today is a blessing from the Lord"

This is how Alaa welcomed us during our visit. He is the breadwinner for a family of four children and his wife. His daughters are in school, one son is serving in the army, and the other son left school to help him at work. Alaa currently works as a guard at the Farhat Square area, a gathering place for three churches.

Alaa and his family, along with...


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Car Body Repair


George is married and has one child, he lives with his family in a rented house. 

He learned his profession from a young age and is a well-known craftsman in the area as he works with passion and says that his profession is a part of his life.

When the earthquake hit, his home was damaged and became uninhabitable, forcing him to rent a house to protect his family.

When misfortunes come, they come together; he was still coping with the loss of...


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Laser Machine


Naeem is a young man, married, and has a child. He was called to military service in 2017 and served for six years. During his military service, his expatriate brother supported him to meet all his financial needs throughout his service in Aleppo. 

With determination and effort, Naeem continued working in the goldsmithing field, but as an apprentice. He worked hard and tried to save a little money to pursue the dream he had been striving for since childhood.

Immediately after his...


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Veterinary Clinic


Ahmad, 42 years old, is a veterinarian who has been working in this profession since 2006. He is the father of two girls, and his wife is training to become a lawyer. Dr. Ahmad is also a volunteer with the Rifq Association for Animal Care.

Ahmad loves his profession very much and has worked diligently, developing significantly in his field. In 2017, he moved to a larger clinic where he performs all types of surgeries for animals. He has a big...


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Cotton Clothes Shop


In 2017, Nada's life took an unexpected turn when she was diagnosed with Disc disease, leaving her unable to continue her work in sewing and clothes repairing. Her husband, Fadi, a retired employee, faced his own health challenges as a tumor paralyzed his facial muscles, requiring continuous physical therapy. 

With their wheat land providing insufficient income, their son Waad took on a job at a sugar factory to support his ailing parents. In a desperate bid to regain financial stability, Nada...


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Sweets and Pastries


Nancy, a mother of two, faced challenges while her husband Toni served in mandatory military service. Struggling with unsuitable jobs, she discovered her passion for baking. Posting on Facebook, she began taking pastry orders, but as demand grew, her kitchen tools fell short. 

Living in a rented house, her baking venture became the family's main income source. Determined to enhance her skills, she applied to the Micro Projects Program for vital tools. 

Nancy's dedication not only transformed her hobby into a thriving business but also improved her family's financial situation. In the face of adversity, her love for baking became a beacon of hope for a brighter livelihood.

Pizzeria


Aghiad's journey from hardship to success is one of hard work and determination. After his parents' passing, he chose to stay with his sister, while their siblings sought opportunities abroad. A twist of fate struck with a knee injury from a car accident, creating a need for surgery that he couldn't afford. Undeterred, he took on a job as an accountant, in a restaurant and then as a teacher in an NGO, struggling to make ends meet.

His path to success...


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Beauty Salon


Hala, a wife and mother of four daughters in Qattinah village, faced the challenge of supporting her family as her husband battled health issues requiring joint replacement surgery. 

With determination, she utilized her skills, working tirelessly at her hair salon for over 5 years. Recognizing the potential to expand her small business, Hala's daughters joined her in the salon, and she pursued additional training in nail care and makeup.

Eager to transform her project into a thriving beauty salon, Hala applied to...


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Cotton Clothes


Rana, from Al-Qaryatayn village, endured the horrors of war, facing abduction and loss after armed groups kidnapped her, she spent a harrowing month in captivity, losing her husband in the war. 

Left with the responsibility of two young sons, they fled to Zaidal village and later settled in Fairouza. In 2017, with humble beginning and assistance from kind individuals, Rana initiated her cotton clothes business from home and despite the challenges, she persevered for the sake of her children. 

Seeking a better future, she applied to the Micro Projects Program, aspiring to enhance her inventory and alleviate her family's hardships. Rana's resilience shines as she strives for a dignifies life for herself and her sons. 

Mini Pick-up Truck


Rawad faced the harsh reality of life after completing his chemistry degree amid the 2011 war. His nine-year mandatory military service left him with two job shifts; a small shop where he produced detergents and his work as an employee, but they both barely covered the essentials for his family; wife Ranim and 5-year-old son Ronny. 

Determined to secure a better future, he wanted a mini pick-up truck to distribute the cleaning materials he made to local businesses like restaurants and car cleaning workshops. However, the financial strain from years in the military hindered his dream. With the invaluable support of the Micro Projects Program, enabled him to advertise and sell his quality cleaning products and ensure a stable living for his family. 

Hair Salon


Maryam, a mother of three boys living in the village of Qattinah, faced challenges as her two eldest sons struggled with brain-electricity issues requiring special care. Their difficult circumstances and her husband's modest income, led her to the Micro Projects Program aiming to make a positive change. 

With over 19 years of hairstyling experience from her home village Rableh, Maryam's dream of enhancing her business became a reality. 

The program's approval not only empowered her to continue working from home, but also contributed to the family's stability. The support of the Micro Projects Program transformed her dreams into a source of strength, enabling her to provide for her family and face the challenges with resilience and hope.

Handmade Accessories and Makeup


Dalida, an employee at the University of Homs and a mother of two, discovered her passion for crafting handmade accessories. What started as a hobby turned into a source of income, prompting her to dream bigger. 

Desiring a shop for her creations and cosmetics, she faced financial constraints. Her husband, juggling roles as an employee and a farmer in Qattinah village, the couple had a shop near their home that they couldn’t make a use of due to the high costs. 

Dalida...


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Nail Care Kit


In the village of Qattinah, Vivian and George's life took a heartbreaking turn during the ravages of war. George, serving his mandatory military duty, fell victim to a cruel explosion, robbing him of his sight. Vivian, now the family's sole provider, possessed a talent for nail care. 

Yet, life's hardships continued and lacking the essential tools for her craft pushed her to borrow from a friend to serve her clients. The burden of a rented house further strained their fragile situation....


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Plastering Equipment


For over 25 years, Amer dedicated himself to his profession, wall plastering. Married to Mirvat, with a daughter and a son, he supported not only his immediate family but also his mother and brother, his partner in work. 

Disaster struck two years ago when a construction site fire destroyed Amer's equipment. Things worsened when his essential electric bike was stolen. Unable to afford replacements, he had to rely on friends' equipment for work. 

The Micro Projects Program became a glimmer of hope,...


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Packaging Materials Shop


Lina and Ghassan, parents of two in Qattinah village, faced adversity when Ghassan who is an officer, was shot in the back during the war, left unable to work, forcing Lina to sell their toys' shop to cover medical expenses and support the family. 

When Ghassan recovered, driving a taxi wasn't enough, so the selfless mother envisioned a way to utilize their old shop within their home to start a Packaging Materials Shop. Financial constraints appeared until Lina discovered the Micro Projects Program. 

Fueled by hope, she applied for the shop, aiming to provide nylon, carton, and plastic products. The program became their lifeline, offering a chance for the family to rebuild and secure a sustainable future. 

Sewing Workshop


Jihad, a skilled tailor, faced adversity when war stole his workshop in 2011. Despite losing everything, he continued his craft by working for other tailors. 

Living in a rented house in Al-Hamidiah with his wife, daughter, and mother-in-law, the dream of reopening his workshop seemed mere impossible due to limited resources. 

However, a ray of hope appeared when a friend mentioned the Micro Projects Program. Jihad, determined to revive his small business, applied for assistance. With the program's support, he reclaimed his independence and reestablished his workshop, providing for his family and inspiring others. 

Nails Care Kit


Maria Essa, 36, has always been a self-made woman who worked at an early age to achieve her independence, and even after she got married, she kept working and supporting her husband in the face of difficult conditions.

Maria is married to Jalal Hlaleh who works as a taxi driver and they have two sons, Fadi born in 2012, and Samer born in 2014.  She started working in the nail care field in 2008 and moved between several beauty salons looking...


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Plastic Supplies Shop


Samer Thabet is 50 years old, married, and has two daughters Janet and Mariette. Samer and his family were living in stable conditions because he had a successful career. He worked in distributing medical products and equipment for fourteen years and established a good knowledge of customers and traders which secured a proper living for his family.

However, during the first years of the crisis, medical factories started to close one after another, and people traveled abroad in addition to the...


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Taxi


When Deeb was only thirteen, his father passed away, which made him give up his toys, his childhood, and his studies to become responsible for himself and share with his brothers the living expenses and look after their mother, as they were living in financial hardship.

Deeb had to work at an early age to handle the responsibilities, but he was a strong young man with determination and faith so he buried his sadness deep in his heart and began to...


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Laser Machine


Youssef had always been a hard-working man. He learned the value of perseverance from a young age when he had to help his mother take care of his younger siblings. Despite the challenges, Youssef had always dreamed of giving his family a comfortable life.

Youssef landed a job in Lebanon, meanwhile, he studied engineering, He worked tirelessly for eight years to make ends meet and support his family back in Damascus. 

However, things took a turn for the worse in 2019 when...


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Pick-up truck


Suffering is an inseparable companion of war, especially for those who were injured and became incapacitated and unable to practice their life normally like in the case of Ebrahim Aldawod. After turning 18, Ebrahim was called for military service and stayed until  2011 when the war took place so he was kept as a reserve soldier for the next four years. however, in 2015 Ebrahim was exposed to a car accident during his service and was hurt badly which caused...


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Dental Clinic


Karina Issa graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry full of ambition, dreaming to become a successful dentist and have her own clinic. 

She did her training period with a doctor in Safita village where she also performed for rural service. Then in 2017, she got married to Kinan Dagher and moved to live with him in Dwalaa area in Damascus and they had their lovely daughter Anita. 

During that period Karina volunteered at St. Joseph dispensary and served the community and the...


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Pick-up Truck


For most of his life, Abd Al-Ahad struggled against difficult circumstances and the lack of job opportunities in the country especially since he was working as a government employee for a modest salary and wasn't able to find an additional job during the years of war as it was challenging for anyone to find a good income source. 

Abd Al-Ahad had no choice but to stay in his job as a private driver at the Directorate of Livestock in the industrial...


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Plumbing Workshop


Rimon Eid is 31 years old, married to Joelle Smara, and has a newborn daughter named Stephanie

Rimon began his professional career at an early age when he learned the plumbing career and started working in partnership with his cousin. He quickly became a professional in this career and had his own customers.

Like any ambitious young man in his prime, Rimon was seeking to improve his financial situation and increase his income, so in 2009 he traveled to Lebanon in search...


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Taxi


“After all the hardships I had been through, I was about to lose hope, but now I feel like life finally smiled at me”

This is how Tony Al-Ahmar expressed his feelings after being supported with the taxi project.

Tony Al-Ahmar is 35 years old, married to Jina Abboud and they have an adorable baby called Rudolf. Before the crisis, Tony worked as a catering officer in various restaurants and he was doing his best to save money and build up a...


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Fady Darweesh is 28 years old, newly married to Salwa and they live in a rented flat in Kashkoul. He was raised in a modest family and had to start working at an early age to handle his own expenses and help with the house demands. He was 18 when he started to work as a house painter, spending most of the day from one workshop to another trying his best to afford the livelihood costs.

In 2014, Fady was called...


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Kinan had no opportunity to work or do any job for about a decade because after starting his twenties and finishing his education, he was called for military service, and for the next ten years all that he learned about was being a driver because he was appointed during the service as vehicles driver.  

In 2021 Kinan’s brother joined the service so that Kinan could be discharged as being the household only provider and for the first time in ten years...


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Like most young men of his age, Elias Al-Mezel had to start working from an early age to help his parents with the living demands.

He is 26 and lives with his family in his grandfather's house in Al-Dwalaa, his father was working as a shoemaker but he started to suffer from Asthma in addition to other health issues that made him unable to work. on the other hand, his mother’s health was also in bad condition which forced Elias to...


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