Beirut Case Study

Over 300,000 people in Beirut are homeless. We're helping to make their homes habitable again.

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The blast in Beirut came at time when thousands of people were already struggling to make ends meet. An estimated 50 per cent of the population were living under the poverty line. Following the blast over 70,000 workers became jobless. Half of all wholesale, retail and hospitality establishments near the blast site were destroyed.

Huge inflation has meant the cost of basic materials needed to rebuild homes and businesses is out of reach for thousands of people who were struggling to get by even before the blast. While the minimum wage is just under £350 a month, the cost of replacing one window is was typically near £390 and a door up to £780.

The Beirut church's biggest success has been to provide employment at livable wages all while practising ethical business. They're slowly rebuilding their city and able to reach non christians with their hospitality.

The business is able to survive by breaking even on providing basic products and services. They're making small profit by providing higher spec products to clients who can afford it.