Tasleem lives in Kasur, a small city of Pakistan known for its leather industry. She lives in the area of Bhutta sohan din with her family in a single-room brick house.
She is 38 years old and has 5 children. Her 2 elder sons work while the others are enrolled in school and getting their education. Tasleem couldn’t provide an education to her elder children due to financial constraints but she wants her younger children to complete their education and become successful in their lives.
Her husband’s name is M. A. and he works in a thread-making business. He is illiterate and made this business to earn money for his family. Tasleem is very supportive in nature. In addition to her household work, she also supports her husband in making thread. They get thread from the old warm clothes such as sweaters and sell them to the thread sellers of the market for a profit.
She has applied for a loan from Kiva partner Asasah for the improvement of her husband’s business. With the loan, he will buy sweaters in larger quantity to get thread and to fulfill larger orders on time. Her husband has good business contacts and is hopeful that an investment will be productive for his business growth.