Hunar Gah Project emerging as a model cottage industry

by Asghar Khan

Gilgit Serena Hotel (SEED) Social Environmental Education Development Program and WAC (Women’s Activity Committee) joined hands together to contribute towards the capacity building of ‘Hunar Gah Project’ in Danyore Gilgit.

Huner Gah is a project of His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Pakistan. Hunar Gah is the first Garment Industry run by the women in Northern Areas through active involvement of the local stakeholders and by utilizing and developing the local resources especially the women. The objectives of Hunar Gah Project are

  • to create a work environment where women can come together and work in a professional atmosphere,
  • to enhance the knowledge, resources, and skills to produce quality and marketable garments,
  • to produce a range of garments for local, national market,
  • to generate income through marketing, and sales of produced garments,
  • to facilitate the women to become self employed and entrepreneurs,
  • to enhance the capacity of the centre through upgrading skills of their women workers in Gilgit.

Hunar Gah has two units, Skills Development centre and Production Unit. The Skills Development Centre is managed by woman having expertise in designing, stitching and embroidery. The aim of this training center is to provide high-level professional trainings. The training is not only focus on women’s garment but for men and children, school uniforms, bed linen, cushion covers, mats and rugs.

The production unit has been managed by expert tailor master for the production of quality garments. The best trainees form skills development centre have been selected for employment and initially, 13 women are working in the production unit on industrial machines and producing 80 – 100 units of garments per day.

Gilgit Serena Hotel (GSH) awarded the contract to Hunar Gah for production of GSH staff uniform for 2009 as per our existing designs and fabrics. Hunar Gah has been able to successfully meet the deadlines for the delivery of uniform during the month of March. An activity with the WAC officials and Hunar Gah women employees was organized under SEED Program at their premises on the final delivery of staff uniform for GSH. GSH SEED Team along with associates wearing the new uniform produced visited Hunar Gah Project to appreciate the efforts and to encourage the women workers. The General Manager of Gilgit Serena Hotel appreciated their good quality work and assured them for Serena Hotels support for the promotion of their organization. At the end, Ms. Yasmin Ali- Convenor Regional WAC, Ms. Sanam Zafar- Chairperson of the Centre and Mr. Amir Ali Member Finance, of the Hunar Gah thanked Serena Management for their valuable support.

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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