Rani is a 42-year-old married woman and a mother of five children. Rani has been effectively doing a business of clothes trading for the last 4 years. Her collection is very famous in her town. She offers a variety of clothes in different colors to her customers and makes enough to lead a decent life. Her husband is employed in a small restaurant. He is not able to run his family circle alone.
Rani is a loving mother of three daughters and two sons. She is supporting her husband in providing good food, health and education to all her family members. She has slowly but surely improved her business by taking loans from the Kashf Foundation. Now she has requested a loan of RS 40,000 to buy more clothes in various designs and different colors to resell. Her customer base is diverse and varied. She is much in demand and highly appreciated among her community. She hopes to have more profits and hence to better support her family. Her dream is to provide her daughters with a good 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.