Growing up, 19 year-old Ahmed from Qudsaya faced the kind of hardships not many go through. Ahmed's only semblance of a family were the people who worked at the Lahen Al Hayat orphanage. Even though he had sufficient care and support, he suffered from a crippling shyness and a fear of human contact.Ahmed spent hours in the art center, learning various methods and mediums that helped him express and process his feelings, something that was encouraged by his mentors. He decided to visit the Ubbaha stores at the Tekkiyeh Sleimanieh in Damascus that displayed a range of hand-made cultural products including artisanal soaps, traditional fabrics and glass-blown household utensils. He was drawn to the hand looms being used to create colorful fabrics for beautiful rugs and window coverings. Hand-loom artisans are in decline in Syria due to the limited distribution opportunities available to its practitioners, and the challenges in its transmission to younger generations, making it an intangible cultural heritage element in need of safeguarding. The Hand-loom store at Ubbaha works to ensure the training of this craft to newcomers and offer distribution opportunities to the craftsmen. Ahmad decided to attend the workshops being offered, and with the help of older craftsmen, was taught the basics of looming and how to recreate new elements and designs.After almost 2 years, he has produced various pieces such as rugs, handbags, table cloths, and pillow cases, all of which are on display at the Ubbaha store from where he works. Ahmad makes a living out of the loom he creates and is one of 3 other craftsmen to have carried on this crafts through Ubbaha since 2014. He now attends a sewing class at the Trust's Bab Sharki Community Centre and plans to finish his education in Textile Engineering.