In 2015 four Tripoli residents and activists got together and founded a community centre in Qobbeh, one of the former frontlines of the sectarian clashes that took place in Tripoli, Lebanon between 2008-2014. Through discussions with local residents that suffered from armed conflict, the founders of SHiFT saw an urgent need for people to find ways to sustain themselves without having to rely on benefits from persons or groups affiliated with the clashes. Project emphasis emphasis on improving the livelihoods of people living in the area. SHiFT is a social innovation hub leading the transformation of post-conflict and/or marginalised zones towards peaceful and prosperous communities. It brings people together and bridges differences through building capacities, raising awareness, creating opportunities, promoting success models and mentoring.
Beneficiaries of this projects are existing, struggling businesses in Qobbeh, Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbeneh. 30 producers who are ready to put their product on the e-commerce.