Ms Darkashan is 39 years old, and is an energetic, married woman. She took the initiative to set-up a general store business two years ago. Her husband’s income is not sufficient to cover their day-to-day expenditures. She is striving hard to achieve her goals through her business. She offers various items in her store including bread, eggs, butter, milk, cold drinks, shampoo, cleaning products etc.
She has four daughters and one son. She is responsible for arranging their every day expenditures including food, clothing and education. She has enhanced her business with the support of Kashf foundation. Now she requested a loan of PKR 25,000 to buy additional items including rice, sugar and other grocery items in bulk from markets. She then will then be able to manage increasing demand efficiently. She intends to utilize the earned profits for the betterment of 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.