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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Aleppo

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Homs

Ironsmithing Workshop


George had an ironsmithing workshop in Ramoseh area that he had to sell when things started to get dangerous there, one time he went to the shop and found his equipment gone, then he got employed in a paper factory; shortly afterwards the factory got ruined and he was unemployed and without any income for his family of a wife and three children who are still in school. “Now I work for the churches when they need any maintenance works, I have monthly payments on my house for the bank, I wish with the help of this initiative to rent a workshop and work as a blacksmith again especially that my old customers still know me and they are encouraging me to reopen.”

Taxi


Youssef is studying economics at the university, he lives with his mother, sister, brother and his uncle. His father passed away and the sister started working in a tailoring workshop, the brother was serving in the military when he got injured in his leg; the recovery process took more than 3 months. “we were displaced from our house because it was ruined in the war, I lost my father after a mortar shell hit him while he was walking in the street;...


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Tailoring Machines


Nojoud lives with her mother and she is currently engaged, the mother used to work in the tailoring business and Nojoud inherited this love for the tailoring from her, she worked in the summer school for Al-Enaye; she also works in tailoring workshops in the summer with her brother who has a big experience in this field. “the whole family works in this business; my brother recently opened his own workshop with some savings but it still needs machines and I want to work with him and make my own income especially that I’m starting a new life.” These machines will be very useful for this family; the married brother and Nojoud with their mother, and will help her providing a livelihood income for 3 homes.

Car Repairing


Hanna is married and he has two daughters (one is 2 years old and the other is 6 months). “I was serving in the army when I got injured; the bomb’s fractions hit all over my body which caused many disabilities. My main job is a taxi driver, I am the family’s sole provider but after the injury it got harder to work on this car; firstly because it is very old and it needs repairing, and secondly because it also needs some modifications to become suitable for my condition.” Now they are living in the wife’s parents house and the church is helping them with a small monthly payment. This initiative will help this family to get back on its feet.

Mini Pick-up Truck


Haroutyoun used to work in blacksmithing before the crisis. He sold his workshop and travelled to Armenia to seek better income and livelihood through working in trade. After he opened a shop there, his merchandises were confiscated by the government because another merchant was smuggling goods with Haroutyoun’s merchandise without his knowledge, His financial status deteriorated after he lost his savings from his previous work. He came back to Syria and worked with his brother in distributing the brother’s products....


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Coffee and Refreshments Shop.


George is married with two children (3 years old and one year old) and he’s recruited part time in the military. He used to work in a chemicals company but it was closed, his wife is an engineer who used to teach in the university. “Our house was in the Midan area which is very dangerous, the mortar bombs and missiles used to rain on our neighborhood; my wife was pregnant and she had a miscarriage because of fear when a bomb...


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Target Computer Center


Bassel and his brother, Eli, own a store for selling computer hardware and maintenance. During the crisis, the shop was substantially damaged by the fighting because of many shells that fell in its area, the shop was not closed however because they did not want to lose their customers. The income was tiny, and the families had no other resources. They were no longer capable of providing the shop with required equipment and products. The shop is the sole source of income for Eli with his family, Bassel who’s currently engaged and about to be married, and their mother. They applied for this grant to purchase products and required equipment for the store.

Glass Painting Tools and Handmade Crafts.


“I love painting and I used to teach it in a school until the war happened, the area which the school was located at became very dangerous so they shut it down and I was unemployed, now I work in the church’s library but I am still passionate about hand crafting and glass painting but I need special tools and colors in order to make things that I can sell and make a good income, especially that I have a health condition ( I live with only one lung) that limits my movement and the effort I make before I feel tired so this job is perfect for me and with the help of this initiative I will be able to make living on my own without risking my health.”

Barber's Shop


The shop is in the Jabrye area, it was shut down for 4 years during war, there was a sniper in this area. The place now needs repairing and maintenance; the equipment is old and outdated and some of it was robbed because the glass frontal shattered so it was easy to break in and steal the stuff. “sometimes I go to open the shop then bombs and missiles fall nearby so I run out of the shop quickly. My wife was injured in her left hand by a mortar shell that fell on our house, I have three daughters all still in school” The wife is trying to find a job and the church is helping with the school payments. This shop can change this family’s life and give hope for a brighter future.

Plumbing Shop


‘I rented the shop and I used to pay monthly payments, I have some equipment and my brother works with me, I used to work before the war in the goldsmithing business but due to a neurological disease, I was unable to continue in this work field that requires accuracy. I live with my mother, my sister, in addition to my brother and his wife and three children, so we are 8 people in the same house. My mother also has neurotic disease, my brother had a shop in Sheikh-Maksoud that was robbed and ruined, now he’s living off the church’s help “the Family to Family financial help was like a Christmas gift in the time of war” We need a fresh start after all these hardships and this might be exactly the help we need to start over.’

New Hair


A center for implementing hair wigs with the suitable equipment for medical cases such as early balding and cancer patients. The center is in Slemanye area which was damaged greatly during war time, that made the business slower, customers were afraid to come to this area and the shop was partly ruined by bombs. Due to the lack of income and incapability of buying new materials with high costs, the shop gradually became neglected and was unfit anymore for procedures of cutting hair and wig installation, the health department sent few warnings about renovation issues. The shop provides livelihood income for 3 families, also it helps the cancer recovering patients to feel good about themselves and have their self-esteem back.

Jeans-Denim Workshop.


I had a shop in Sheikh-Maksoud but after 15 days from the entrance of the armed troops we left it, and I knew then it was lost, my two brothers are now living in Lebanon and they are wanted for military service. Now I live in this rented house, I’m the only provider for the family. My passion is tailoring, I have loyal customers and my brother is working with me. The church helps us with the rent and part of the livelihood expenses, but we need to start depending on ourselves and start working again to recover the country’s industrial force.

Grains and Spices Shop


Toni used to work with his father at their spices shop for 20 years, this shop was very popular in the area and many clients used to visit them from all over the city, he was living happily with his wife and their three beautiful daughters at their home in Homs. When the cruel war began, his family was forced to flee to a village called “Rabah” where he started from Zero and as the sole provider for his family,...


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Sewing Workshop


"A very busy and filled with noisy machines workshop, has suddenly turned into a quiet and empty place"

In 1980, this workshop was opened by Nasser, who is a tailor and the sole breadwinner for his family of four, he was well-known for his wide experience in this profession and for providing many services like sewing and fashion designs.

the workshop used to be a source of livelihood for another two families as he hired employees to help him, he prepared his...


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Mini-Market and Dairy Shop


This family’s tragedy started when they were displaced from their village (Om-Sharshouh) leaving behind their whole life. Osama who is the only provider for his family of five and his parents had a restaurant in his village which later was completely destroyed with the start of the war. 

Since he moved to the city of Homs, he searched for a source of livelihood to provide for his family and tried working in many professions like wall painting, cars repairing and floor...


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Cotton Clothes Shop


Margaret is a married woman and a mother of two; a boy and a girl, all she cared about since her only daughter Nadia started studying at the university was encouraging her to continue her studies after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. 

Lately, life burdens became very heavy on her husband’s shoulders, who works in a mini-market. She found it necessary to help him during these tough circumstances, sometimes, she used to work with him in his shop and she gained a good experience in sales over time. Margaret applied to the Micro Projects to open a cotton clothes shop then got the suitable support to start her project which will enable her to stand beside her husband and help him in providing a better income for their children.

Blacksmith Workshop


Alber loved blacksmithing a lot until he mastered this skill because this profession was his passion, he started working in his workshop in Al-Bayada neighborhood since a very young age.

He was living with his wife Nariman, his son Yousef and his little daughter Angel a peaceful life in their house in Hamidia, when the war started they fled to a village near Homs in 2011. During this period Alber was in a car accident that caused him a serious injury...


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Coffee Shop


Her will to live was stronger than all the pain she went through, giving the greatest sacrifice by choosing to keep her baby instead of taking the cure as a pregnant woman, her name is Nisreen and she is a mother of two; Jessica and George. She was diagnosed with breast cancer while carrying her baby. Taking the treatment was harmful to him so she refused it, and completed her pregnancy with a lot of courage and patience. 

After her baby’s...


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Cotton Clothes Shop


Amal found herself the only responsible for her four children after her husband’s death; as a young single mother, she didn’t give up and did her best to ensure her children a dignified life. she took a loan and opened a cotton clothes shop in her village (Al-Qusayr) where this family used to live before the war. 

Amal raised her children on her own, their education was her highest priority, later they grew up and started working too. the family finally...


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Nail Care Kit


Nadia gained wide experience in the beauty field throughout the years and attended a lot of courses in different countries like France and Lebanon until she herself became a trainer, then she delivered her experience to many other girls in her country. the single woman lives with her mother and she is her sole support. When the war started in 2011, she was deprived of doing what she really loves, which had a great impact on her as she is...


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Beauty Salon


“Each person has dreams of having his own business project, but for me, my dream project became a necessity of living to provide for my son and ensure him a dignified life.”

Juliana is the sole provider for her son, who became her only family after she split-up with her husband, and now they’re living at her parents’ house. 

Since she was young, she enjoyed working in the domain of beauty as a hobby, but later she mastered working in this field...


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Air conditioning and Electrical Devices Maintenance


When the war started in Homs, Amin did his best to keep his two sons safe, and the only way for that was helping them to travel abroad where they could start a new life away from war dangers, this decision was very hard on him as a father to watch his children leave and be away from him. Amin worked in air conditioning and electrical devices maintenance since 1982, he made a great reputation throughout his long career. Although...


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Mini-Market


Shukri is a retired school teacher who lives with his wife Mouna and his twin sons; Rabih and Rami (13 years). After retirement he couldn’t stay without a job during the hard economic circumstances, so he thought of opening his small shop especially that it is located in Wadi Al-Sayeh (a neighborhood near Al-Hamidia), as a neighborhood newly emerged from war, Shukri took the advantage of having the only mini-market in the area where life was coming back.

Just like all...


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Cleaning Materials Distribution


Imad worked in selling clothes for six years and everything was going well for him, until the devastating war started and destroyed his shop completely. Being the sole provider for his wife and three children, he had no other choice but to use his car in goods distribution, without knowing that this job will become his new source of livelihood for a long time.

When COVID-19 began to spread, he noticed that the local market requires more sanitizers and cleaning products so he...


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