Shamim is a 37-year-old married woman. She is the loving mother of six children, four daughter and two sons. She enjoys her business weaving rugs and shawls and, with the support of Kashf Foundation, she has built a successful business. Shamim has in-depth knowledge of high quality weaving and her daughters help in her work making rugs and shawls. She earns enough for a hand-to-mouth existence.
Shamim is requesting a 30,000 PKR loan to buy raw materials such as wool, threads, cutters, and tools to expand her business. Her loan will help her attain a better life.
About Kashf Foundation
Kashf Foundation is one of the leading microfinance providers in Pakistan, focused on expanding financial access for poor women across the country. The organization’s economic empowerment program has grown from 913 clients in 1999 to 284,653 clients as of May 2012, with a current outstanding portfolio of US$32 million.
Kashf has trained over 227,000 clients in basic financial literacy and systemized financial education since 2010, in addition to providing training in gender justice and empowerment to over 12,500 participants since 2011. This group includes clients, their husbands and adolescent boys in their communities.
Over the past 16 years, Kashf has disbursed an estimated 2 million loans. Today, it operates in 16 districts in Punjab province and 1 district in Sindh province through a network of 157 branches. It plans to open 19 new branches to cover all four of Pakistan’s provinces.