Ms Parween is 44 years old. She is an energetic woman and enjoys doing the work of hand embroidery, which she has done for 20 years. Her embroidery patterns are very much admired in her community. She is happily doing it to support her family.
She is a responsible mother of seven children. Only two of them are in school as she is unable to cover the education expenses of her other children. Her husband is suffering from tuberculosis and unable to support his family. His parents are also living with them. Hence, she is paying all expenses on her own and provides her family with the basic necessities of life, including food, clothes and education.
Now she requested a loan of Rs.20,000 from Kashf foundation. In this way she can manage to buy more frames, needles, beats, and threads of different colors. All this will help in increasing sales and meeting demand without fail.
She hopes to have more income, which will be used for the betterment of her family and for her children’s education.
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.