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.


650

Aleppo

605

Homs

230

Damascus

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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Taxi


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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Taxi


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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Taxi


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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Taxi


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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Barbershop


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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Floor Tiling & Stone Cladding Equipment


Hussam's hands were steady as he carefully placed each piece of stone, marble, and ceramic cladding. It was a skill he had inherited from his late father, who had dedicated his life to this craft. From an early age, Hussam had learned the artistry and precision required to create stunning designs.

After his father's untimely passing in 1997, Hussam took up the reins of the family business. He poured his heart and soul into his work, mastering every technique and ensuring...


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Floor Tiling Equipment


Saadallah's life had been marked by a series of hardships and losses. In 2013, he was compelled to begin his mandatory military service, a nine-year commitment that consumed his prime years. During this time, tragedy struck when his brother lost his life in the war in 2016. As if losing his brother wasn't devastating enough, their family home in Al-Hamidia neighborhood was destroyed, leaving Saadallah, his wife Natalie, and their twin daughters, Maryam and Maya, without a place to call...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Ammar's life took an unexpected turn when his father passed away, leaving him as the sole provider for his mother and younger siblings. Residing in Fairouza village, he embraced his new responsibilities with determination and love.

However, life had other plans for him. He was obliged to complete a mandatory military service that spanned from 2014 to 2020, putting his dreams on hold. After his discharge, he found himself working as an employee, earning a modest salary to support his family....


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Accessories and Cosmetics Shop


George made a bold move when he decided to change his career and open an accessories and cosmetics shop. With eight years of experience in mobile phone maintenance, he believed he had the skills to venture into a new business. Little did he know that his journey would be filled with challenges.

In 2019, his new shop flourished, attracting customers with its diverse range of products. However, the tide soon changed with severe inflation and skyrocketing rental costs. He struggled to...


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Irrigation Pond


Fadi, a dedicated farmer and hardworking father, faced a significant challenge in his pursuit of providing for his family. Living in the village of Maskanah, he resided with his beloved wife Riham and their two young sons, Mikhail and Danial. With dreams of a prosperous future, he relied on his farming skills to support his family while also working as a driver in the nearby industrial area.

His agricultural endeavors were centered around his cherished land, adorned with grapevines, olive, and...


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Sewing Workshop


Inaam, a married woman and a mother of two university students, has been diligently working as a seamstress since 1995. Despite her efforts, she knew she needed to do more to support her family. In 2000, she took up additional employment to improve her income. Inaam's husband, a retired engineer, suffered from heart disease, adding to their financial burdens.

In 2022, determined to create a better future, she took a leap of faith and opened her own workshop in a rented...


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Hair Salon


Fadi, a talented hair stylist, had dedicated a decade of his life perfecting his craft. He gained valuable experience by successfully managing a hair salon in Lebanon, despite his young age. However, the worsening situation in the country forced him to return to his homeland of Syria. Determined to continue pursuing his passion, he settled in Homs and decided to open his own hair salon.

With the money he had managed to save over the years, he eagerly invested in his...


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Nail Care Kit


Nouha, a resilient young woman hailing from Homs, Al-Hamidia neighborhood, found her life forever altered when the war erupted in 2011. As the conflict escalated, forcing her family to seek safety in a village called Mouzeina, her dreams of education were abruptly halted and she got married there in 2015. The subsequent years brought a series of challenges, but her determination and passion for the beauty field would eventually guide her towards a path of independence and hope.

In the village,...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Rafik's life had been filled with hardships and challenges. He had lost nine precious years of his youth serving in the mandatory military service, which left him with no work experience or opportunities in any field. His family, originally from Al-Qaryatayn, had experienced the horrors of war firsthand. Their house had been reduced to rubble, and they were forced to flee to Fairouza, where they sought refuge.

To add to their misfortunes, his father and one of his brothers had been...


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Nail Care Kit


Layal's life has been a series of challenges, but her determination and passion for the beauty industry have never wavered. For over six years, she has developed her skills in the beauty field, working tirelessly from her home in the Al-Arman neighborhood. Recently, she ventured into nail care and eyebrows tattoo, seeking to expand her expertise.

Despite limited resources, she managed to save up enough money to purchase some essential tools and materials for her business, including a UV device and...


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Aluminum Workshop


Rami's life revolved around his aluminum workshop, a place where he poured his heart and soul for 15 long years. With each passing year, his skills grew, and his reputation as a skilled craftsman spread throughout the town. However, his dreams were suddenly shattered when severe electricity shortage crippled his ability to work efficiently.

The power cuts were relentless, leaving him with limited working hours and hindering his progress. To add to his troubles, some of his equipment needed renovation. Determined...


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Water Tanker for Almond Land


Youssef, a hardworking farmer from Al-Maamoura village, had always strived to provide for his family. With a wife and a beautiful four-year-old daughter, he cherished every moment spent with them. However, life became more challenging when his brother had to leave for Lebanon to find work, leaving behind his wife and her two children under Youssef's care.

Youssef and his six brothers were fortunate to inherit their father's vast and fertile land, which was adorned with almond, olive, and grape trees....


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Taxi


We are all aware of the violent acts of war during the last decade which affected the lives of many innocent people.

Edwar was one of those people who was exposed to a kidnapping incident that turned his life upside down.

Edwar Darwish was born in 1972, married and has a son ‘Gassan” born in 2014. He lives with his family in Kashkoul, a Damascus suburb and for more than 10 years, he worked as a bus driver on Damascus-Aleppo international road.

His...


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Taxi


After more than 20 years of a stable career and secure living conditions, Anwar Hanna, the 63-year-old man was a victim of displacement and losses.

Anwar was living with his family in Erbin area, in the countryside of Damascus, he was working as a blacksmith at his private carpentry workshop and their life was full of peace and security which all was ruined after 2011 as the terrorist groups broke into the area and spread their violence and horror at over....


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Mini-Market


There will always be difficult challenges to face every day, but with great faith, one will be strong enough to defeat those challenges as Jamil Bshara did his entire life.

Jamil is 49, married to Silva Hamwi and together they have amazing three children; Eleanor and Alber born in 2003, and Enji born in 2005. Jamil and his family live in a small rented flat in Jaramana where he works in packaging at the Syrian Trade Corporation.

Before the crisis, Jamil used...


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Taxi


Abdo had a peaceful and stable life with his family living in Sednaya town, Damascus countryside.

During the first years of the war, the situation began to worsen gradually, until it became very dangerous to stay in the area, as his house was severely damaged by the shelling which forced the family to leave their home without being able to take any belongings.

Abdo and his family moved to Damascus where his friend helped him rent a small apartment in one of...


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Pick-up Truck


Kinan’s life was never easy, each chapter of it contained a lot of pain and bitterness, but he never gave up and was sure that all the faith and love he gives, will return to him.

He lived in Al-Qadam area in Damascus where he worked as a gypsum statues sculptor. He was like any young man of his age working hard and planning for his future as he established his own workshop, bought a mini pick-up to increase his income,...


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Mini-Market


Salwan Alnasr is 43 years old, married to Rita with a 13-year-old son called Jack.

Salwan and his family live in a modest rented flat in Al-Dwalaa, He used to work as a tile setter for more than 13 years. Despite the fact that his work was very hard and affected his health on the long term, he kept working to afford the best life for his family because during the crisis years, no matter how hard he worked, his income...


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Pick-up Truck


The cruel war forced many people to live far away from their families and children, seeking better income to afford decent living conditions.

Dekran Kendmian worked in maintenance and his salary was good enough to meet his daily expenses, but with the beginning of the war, his profession was affected badly and he became unable to afford the basic needs.

Dekran couldn’t stand watching his children deprived of having a good life or proper education, so he decided to travel to Lebanon...


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Hairdressing Salon


In 2010, Tony left his village and headed to the city of Damascus with hope and determination to make a change in the life of his family. He settled in Al-Dwalaa neighborhood and started to work in any available job and send most of his wages to his mother and brother who suffers from sight disability. 

Unfortunately in the first years of the war the security situation in Damascus deteriorated badly, and soon after, he was asked to serve in Hama.

Tony...


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Coffee and Nuts Shop


"Being responsible for a lovely family with two little girls under current circumstances in Syria is something very difficult, it breaks your heart not to be able to secure the simplest needs of life and see your daughters growing in deprivation."

All that George was seeking for, is to secure a decent living for his family. Unfortunately, within the economic crisis in the country, no matter how hard he worked he couldn’t afford even the daily food.

In the previous years of...


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Stationery Shop


For 23 years, Nawal worked as a teacher to many generations who learned from this wise woman, she didn’t just teach them the typical curriculum but also planted true values of life in their mind and you can see that from her sons whom, despite the difficult financial and living condition of the country, were supported by their mother to become successful in their education. Hani is now in the third year of Agriculture Engineering, Fady is in the first...


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Shoemaking Workshop


For more than 27 years of experience as a shoemaker, Elias Alhelo has devoted all his life to the sake of his family and his three daughters Maha, Ayda, and Hanin.

They lived in Aldekhanyeh area in peace where Elias had his workshop and the profit was sufficient to secure a decent life for them.

Unfortunately, after the beginning of the crisis, things started to worsen gradually until the year 2014, when armed groups entered Aldekhanieh and started to shoot at the houses...


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Nails Care


Jana and her family had a quiet, peaceful life in their home in the city of Sednaya.

Unfortunately, this situation changed completely two years ago as Jana's father passed away from a heart attack, after that the family began a journey of pain and misery.

Before their tears dried, they were asked to leave their home because it was given to the father as a work benefit, so they were left without shelter or support. They moved to the city of Damascus,...


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