Ms. Aasia is an energetic married woman and has been running her own general store for the past seven years. She offers various items in her store, including bread, eggs, butter, milk, cold drinks, shampoo, cleaning products, etc.
Aasia has four daughters and two sons. She is responsible for their everyday expenditures, including food, clothing and education. She has enhanced her business with the support of Kashf Foundation. Now she has requested a loan of 30,000 PKR to buy additional items to sell, including rice, sugar and other grocery items in bulk from markets. She then would be able to manage increasing demand efficiently.
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.