The Small Grants-funded venture Technology Transfer and Skill Development in Gems Sector was successfully completed on January 31, 2015. Under this venture, two Gemstone Cutting and Polishing Centers (GCPCs) have been established in Hunza. Also, 40 Master Trainers have been trained in gem cutting and polishing by an International Expert who further trained 206 locals, of which the majority are women.
In spite of having the fifth largest reserve of gemstones in the world, Pakistan’s share in the international market is negligible. Implemented by the Rupani Foundation, the venture has significantly contributed in developing the gem sector of Hunza Nagar, Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.