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


Albert Gergi is a 45-years-old industrial man, who has 30 years of work experience in Metal lathing.

Albert is married, and a father of Mark; his 15-years-old son. He lives with his family in their house in Al-Serian neighborhood, which was relatively safer than other areas in Aleppo during the war. Unlike Al-Sheikh Najjar where he works. 

While all his relatives have left the country during the war, Albert chose to stay in Aleppo his home town for many reasons; besides being...


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Blacksmith Workshop


Besides being brothers, Bassam and Fares Moshati have a lot of things in common.

Both men are in their forties, married and have beautiful daughters Bassam is a father of two girls; Remonda (8 years old) and Myriam (6 years old), while Fares has Eva (12 years old).

The list of similarities continues as the two brothers live in the same area (Al-Suleymanieh) only streets away from each other, and the most important that they are business partners. Since it was their...


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Metal Molding Machine


Aleppo being the largest industrial city in Syria, has witnessed grave economic damage during the long years of war, whereas all Syrian cities and civilians everywhere were feeling insecure in their own homes, Aleppians like Mounir and his brother had another thing to worry about; losing their livelihood source of income.

Mounir Bardakji is a 41-years-old single man, living with his brother George and their sister Dalia who are almost at the same age, in their family house in Seryan area....


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Coffee Grinder and Espresso


George Korjian (32 years old) is a self-made hardworking man, whom like many Syrians was affected by the exhausting prolonged war.

His bitter experience started in 2013 When George was still single. He used to work in Sheikh Najjar area in a plastic chairs manufacturing factory. This hard-working man was trying to build his future, his daily shift would extend to approximately 18 hours, but George didn’t mind the tiredness, on the contrary his concentrated efforts paid off when in a...


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Handmade Christian Sculptures


Not many people have the courage to leave their job and switch to something they love, that is what Gaby did by quitting work in a goldsmithing workshop, to choose a pretty unique field; hand making souvenirs rosaries and religious art pieces. This artisan who is also a father of three daughters, made this change back in 2006, since he was the sole provider of his family that was smaller back then.

Gaby was struggling to provide from his weekly paycheck...


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Laser Machine


When you live in a fifth-floor apartment in Al-Suleymanieh area, with no High buildings around you to protect you from the shells you can relate to Aboud sayes’s story.

When Aboud (34-years-old) married his wife Aline few years into war, buying a house was hard for the young couples, one of their relatives felt sympathy towards their struggle and offered them an apartment to live in since the owners had left Syria because of the war and the house was empty...


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Gear Making Machine


Elia Karam and Antoine Karam are two brothers who decided to retrieve their career and start again at their lathing workshop.

Elia lives with his wife and his son. Antoine is also married and has a son; the two brothers are responsible of providing for their parents.

Before the war the brothers worked at their workshop in Al-Arkoub, but during the war the shop was destroyed so they left it and started a work with a friend of theirs.

Unfortunately, this partnership took...


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Mobile Phones and Electronics


Mazen Sakkal is a 40-years-old father of two and the sole provider for his family.

With his wife Jina and their two sons; George (4 years old) and William (2 years old), the family lives in Al-Suleymanieh area, they consider themselves lucky that their particular street was considerably safer than other streets during the long war that Aleppo had to suffer from. However, they were not spared from facing losses. 

In 2015, Mazen’s small warehouse, where he used to store his goods,...


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Taxi


For a person who has chosen driving for a living since 1997, it became more than a profession and turned into a lifestyle. 

Hanna Wassouf Afessa first started with a construction company driving one of their dump trucks then in 2006 after nine years with the company he retired and chose to drive inside the city on a taxi car, it was more convenient specially that by that time he made a contract with Al-Enaya School to drive on of the...


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Custom Metal Furniture


It’s been three years since Gabriel Afessa returned from Lebanon, but he is still not able to go back to his main profession and practice in manufacturing metal furniture like he used to do before. This craftsman is 54 years old, married and blessed with two children; a 23 years old son Yousef and 10 years old daughter Angie. 

From a very young age he started learning about blacksmith, then he broadened his horizon and entered the domain of upholstery and...


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Taxi


Bushra Katanjian had a good life with his wife Silvana and their two sons, Jean and Issa.

But the war cost Bushra more than he ever imagined, his losses were growing through the years. First, he lost his job; he was a crane driver since 1980, but in 2014 due to the war, the business was slow and the income from it was no longer useful. Then his wife got shot when she was in the local market of Al-Midan near...


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Mini Pick-up Truck


Hakop Santorian is originally from Al-Ghassaniya village in Idleb province, he worked as a goldsmith with his uncle since 1998.

He lived with his parents in Al-Midan area, during the war the house was damaged by the shells many times. In 2016, he decided to move to Armenia with his family, especially for the sake of his brother who suffers from a mental disability, but unfortunately they were shocked by the livelihood reality there; the rents were very high and the...


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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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