Benefit from the 'Support to MSEs affected by the Beirut Blast' and sustain your business operations

This initiative will help micro and small enterprises (MSEs) affected by the Beirut explosion in the hospitality, design and crafts, food production and retail sectors.

In Brief

‘Support to MSEs affected by the Beirut Blast’ is a UNDP initiative funded by the Government of the United Kingdom and implemented in partnership with Berytech, targeting micro and small enterprises affected by the Beirut Blast through the provision of business development support and conditional cash grants to help sustain or create jobs and support local livelihoods.

Who Can Apply

  • Enterprises affected by the Beirut Blast (priority will be given to businesses located within the target areas of Karantina, Rmeil, Medawar and Geitaoui)
  • Enterprises operating in the local market in the following sectors: Hospitality, design & crafts, food production and retail
  • MSEs hiring a minimum of 3 and no more than 10 employees
  • Must be a registered business; sole proprietorship, SAL, SARL
  • The enterprise should be the sole source of income of the owner
  • The enterprise did not receive enough support from insurance and/or other organizations
  • Applicants should have a plan on how to restore and grow their business in the coming 6 months
  • Committed to social responsibility
  • Committed to apply the COVID-19 response protective guidelines (protecting workers)
  • Must agree to participate in capacity building activities
  • Must agree to provide needed legal documentation
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Project Duration

Duration: 7 months
Start Date: September, 2021
End Date:  March, 2022
Main source of funding: The Government of the United Kingdom

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Beneficiaries

40 to 50 selected MSEs affected by the Beirut Blast of which 30% are women-led, will be receiving tailored business development plans support, offered coaching/business support, and up to USD 7,000 in cash grant per business.

APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED.

About the Initiative

In Lebanon, over 90% of enterprises active in the economy can be categorized as MSMEs, employing more than 50% of the working population. They are crucial players for economic growth, local development, employment, and income generation.

For the past ten years, Lebanon has been severely affected by multiple crises; starting with the refugees, political, financial and economic instability and most recently the health challenges following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has culminated with the massive blast that occurred on August 4, 2020, and the subsequent damages and repercussions on businesses operating in Beirut.

This initiative will help restore livelihoods by supporting the recovery of the local MSEs affected by the Beirut Blast.

The tailored multidimensional support will help MSEs increase their access to customers and online markets aiming to strengthen business continuity, job retention, and growth.

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Implementation Process

  • Launch a call for applications for potential MSEs
  • Selection of the shortlisted candidates
  • Development of tailored business development plan for each of the enterprises and coaching and/or group training based on needs
  • Development of project implementation plan for each selected MSE
  • Disbursement of the financial support
  • Follow-up on the financial support

The Partners

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This UNDP initiative, ‘Support to MSEs affected by the Beirut Blast’ is funded by the Government of the United Kingdom and implemented in partnership with Berytech.

Meet the Team

Need more info?

If you have any questions or need information email us on support@berytech.org.