Ms. Amtal is a 51-year-old, active woman who has had a successful boutique for 20 years. Her designs and stitching are much admired in her community. She is happily doing it to support her family and strives hard to give them a decent life.
She is the responsible mother of five children, and is responsible for providing them with good food, health and education. She needs to earn more income to support her family well. She has improved her business step-by-step by taking loans from the Kashf Foundation. She is requesting a loan of Rs 20,000/- to buy more clothes and different colored threads to increase her sales. She hopes to earn more profits and better support her family.
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.