Razia has enjoyed her work of making ‘Gol Gappe’ for 8 years. It is a popular street food dish in a country like Pakistan. It is a round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of water, tamarind, chili, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas. It is small enough to fit completely into one's mouth. She makes it on a daily basis and has become famous in her town.
She is married and has 4 children. She supports her husband and prepares all the products at home, once the ingredients are brought from the market by her husband. Now she requested a loan of Rs 35,000 PKR to buy ingredients in bulk, such as semolina, plain refined flour, baking soda and oil to meet the increasing demand for her product. She hopes to earn more profits and will use the profit for her children’s education, better health and food.
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.