Our primary interest is aiding Christians through financing their own micro-projects that would provide them with income to preserve their dignity and alleviate the calamities of the crisis.

The team at Hope Center reviews and evaluates the projects and the extent to which the applicant has planned for his/her idea. If accepted, the center starts providing funds for the project to initiate.

Besides aiding Christians in need, this initiative aims for reviving the city of Aleppo that has lost most of its economic structure.


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Lathing Machine


From an early age, George made the decision which paved his career path to enter the industrial field. He learnt all about metal lathing and slowly opened his own workshop, taking advantage of having his uncle place to work in Sheikh Maksoud area. But the vicious war changed everything, and suddenly the stability and prosperity of his business was gone as the workshop was confiscated by armed groups and all equipment were stolen. 

Many years passed by before George was able...


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Lathing Machinery


War had numerous devastating and horrendous effects on Syrians during its nearly ten years, but for Sheraz, there was no greater loss than losing his brother who was kidnapped in Kasab in the beginning of the war, only to discover his death three months later. The mother couldn’t bare the tragic news, she suffered from a stroke and the poor lady broke down after losing her son. Sheraz’s responsibilities became heavier since he became the sole provider not only for...


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Photography


What started nearly six years ago as a passion for photography turned to be a career choice for Hagop, in the toughest years of war. Hagop the father of 11-years-old twins Ani and Lucy, had a hobby of taking photographs. As his love for it grew, he took a course to learn more techniques and improve his skills. Not knowing that shortly after that one of his friends who happened to be a photographer will offer Hagop to buy his...


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Sewing Machines


Ani Kelejian is an independent, hardworking woman who used to work for long hours in a sewing workshop to earn an income and have a decent life after her parents passed away when she was still young. Unfortunately, by getting older the exhausting working hours were starting to be more difficult, so she started to work in a sewing workshop that makes uniforms. 

Ani takes care of her sister khanem who was also a seamstress, but since she had health problems,...


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Manufacturing Agricultural Spare Parts


In the field of manufacturing agricultural trucks parts, Ameen Maghamez faces many hardships such as the rapid change in the market’s needs, the difference which occurred in the material used and wanted by customers, all of this reflected on Ameen’s business because his existing molds became useless. The problem is that without these molds, Ameen can’t produce the parts to complete his work in order to sell them to customers when the season approaches.

The molds are the main factor in...


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Sewing Machines


Vera suffered like all Syrians during the war, she used to work with a local designer but their workplace was hit by a shell, consequently the designer left the country, he hoped she would come along because of her great work quality but she stayed here and started working from home to provide for her family and take care of her son and husband.

Vera and her husband Antranik and son Hosep were displaced from their home in Al-Midan after it...


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Photography


In 2015, Ohannes and his family had to flee from their house in Al-Midan area when a mortar shell hit their building, although the damage was minimal compared to the severity of the incident but the family had to move to the aunt’s house for more than a year. 

Ohannes and his brother Rafi who deliver photography services since 16 years, are now struggling due to the high costs of their equipment, the camera they are using is old and started to break down, they need support in maintaining good quality lenses and cameras since this is the most important factor in their type of work. 

Ice Making Machines


Since he finished high school, Antoine became responsible of providing for his family, which affected his ability to continue his university education in the faculty of economics. First, he worked in a cinema and with a second job as a tutor, then in 2017 he took an opportunity of working in an import and export company located in Tartous city, but being a tenant there increased his expenses and that didn’t work for him well. That’s why a year later...


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Tires' Maintenance Workshop


Krikor left school in an early age and started learning the family business in his father’s workshop for tires’ installation and maintenance. It was there where he learnt and gained experience for many years until a tragic accident hit his father in 2010 and soon after that passed away due to the side effects. When the father died, Krikor became financially responsible of his mother Mary, sister Talar and his little brother Kevork, but he became without a workshop since...


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Cars Engines Oils


Despite the horrendous war and the dangers in Al-Midan area, Nasim with his wife and daughters never left their home and stood together against the falling shells and many hardships of life under the weight of economic crisis.

Before opening his current shop for oil supplies and services in Bustan Al-Basha, Nasim had a pick-up truck that he used to work with multiple workshops. But to maintain a more stable income he sold his vehicle and bought his current workplace, but the recent sanctions and the outrageous rise in prices prevented him from purchasing the needed oil supplies and hydraulic floor jacks, in addition to compressors that are essential for his job.

Car Exhausts Manufacture


The war was the only thing separating Samir from the profession that he loved a lot, it was not only depressing for him not to be able to practice his job, but also going through many financial troubles due to being jobless for that long, specially that his daughter Jeanette’s husband was called for military service and she and her two children became homeless and came to live with her father. 

During that time, Abdallah, Samir’s 32-years-old son was the only...


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Convertible Cabins for Trucks


During the war Jamil’s workplace in Al-Ramouseh was confiscated and his machinery and tools were all stolen. Another two workshops owned by his father were severely damaged, thus the family lost their livelihood for more than three years. When Aleppo city became relatively safer, Jamil and his father rented a workplace together and resumed their job in manufacturing convertible cabins for trucks but this kind of work needs an open and large space which the current workshop lacks, not to...


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Cotton Clothes and Linens Shop


Shaza used to work as a hairdresser for 23 years, she is a single woman who lives with her old mother whom she is responsible for.

The nature of this job requires standing for long hours which caused Shaza many health problems and forced her to quit and think of another way to make a living. In 2019, she rented a shop, her shop was the only shop in Al-Hamidia neighborhood after the war and everything went well for the first few...


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Scented Frankincense


Ruba has many dreams just like all the other girls of her age, one of her dreams was having a peaceful life with her family at their lovely home! Unfortunately, the brutality of war destroyed everything she looked forward to and also with them her family's only home.

The family had to hide from the falling shells in the shelter for a period of time, but the suffering didn't stop there and the family lost some of their loved ones, Ruba's...


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Grains and Spices Shop


Mttanious worked as a wall painter since 2005, working for a long time in this profession was not easy at all and had very negative impacts on his health, which made him go through many surgeries like knee replacement and open-heart surgery which forced him to leave this job as it requires a lot of physical effort. 

Being the sole breadwinner for his small family; his wife Souhaila and his daughter Ghazal, he couldn’t stop working and thought of another way to...


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Solar System Installing Equipment


“The cruel war affected all Syrian families and made many of them lose everything they have, even their ability to take care of their daily needs. and it became luxurious at the post-war period to think of installing a solar system especially when people’s major interests were repairing what was destroyed and finding a livelihood to support for their families.”

Samer Kabak is originally a plumber, he also worked in solar system installation since 2008, he lives with his mother and...


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Taxi


Jean worked as a taxi driver for 20 years, back in his home-town Aleppo for 13 years, then the war forced him to leave his city to a safer place, Mashta Al-Helou was his destination and he stayed there for a year.

In 2015, he had an opportunity to work in Lebanon as a truck driver for a furniture company, unluckily, the company he was working with shut down, and he had to find another job as a taxi driver. 

After one...


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Taxi


Bashar is a married man who lives with his wife Sulaf, his son Fouaad and his daughter Tala. He used to work as a taxi driver since 2010, and he is the only breadwinner for his family in addition to his elderly parents, during the cruel war he was forced to sell his own car and travel seeking a better life in Lebanon where he worked as a driver too. 

Unfortunately, his father’s health started to deteriorate, being the sole provider Bashar...


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Electrical Maintenance Shop


Syrians lives are no longer the same as they were before the war which had a major impact in all the aspects. As a result of this cruel war, Attiah lost his previous job as a maintenance technician because the company he was working for shut its doors in 2014, which forced him to find another livelihood source being the only provider for his family of three and his mother. 

He didn't want to stay without a job, and his experience...


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Mini Market


Naeem is a married man and a father of four; three sons and a daughter. He works in his small shop since 2012.

The brutal war left a scarring memory for this family when one of Naeem’s sons Elie got injured by a shell burst that filled his body with shrapnel, which made him go through several surgeries in order to recover.

During the economic crisis, price changes were a huge obstacle in Naeem’s way, it made it very hard to buy all the required goods which affected his sales' rate and limited his profits.

Having the suitable support for his mini market will make a big difference in his business and help him to support his family.

Sewing Workshop


Shadia and Mariam were partners for ten years, they worked together in their sewing workshop in Karm Shamsham until the brutal war forced them to split up and close the workshop.

Shadia is a married woman and a mother of four; 3 daughters and a son, her husband works as a driver. She had to leave with her family their house in Karm Shamsham to a safer place so they rented an apartment after the loss of their house and a workshop too.

While Mariam is a single woman who had to live alone after the death of her father, who was her sole supporter and now she has to stand on her own.

Helping them to fulfill their dream of restarting the workshop together again will surely support the two families.

Plumbing Equipment


Nekoula is a plumber who lives with his only son Yazan and his sister Micheline and he is the only provider for the family. Plumbing has been Nekoula’s profession since 1990, during these years he managed to build a great reputation among the other craftsmen.

Unfortunately, the economic crisis affected his business a lot which made his income very low, and what caused him many losses were the frequent blackouts and the old equipment he had.

Having new equipment and tools especially the electricity generator will open up new business possibilities and ensure him and his little family a better livelihood. 

"House of Stories" Center


We all have dreams, but we don't always have the courage to pursue them like Manar did. Manar is a 42-years-old writer who lives with his senior parents.

He was studying math and working as a logistic in a church but his father's severe illness forced him to leave his study and work. Treatment expenses were a huge burden on the family's finance; they had to spend all their savings. When his father’s health gradually improved, Manar found a job in...


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Artistic Carpentry Workshop


Saeed loved working in carpentry since he was at a young age, and this job was more like a hobby to him, he mastered this profession without knowing that someday he is going to need it as a source of living.

Saeed is the sole provider for his family of five; his wife and three sons, he worked as an electrician since 1998 in his small workshop, and he did not expect that he will have to leave everything behind seeking...


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