Ms Hameedan is a vigorous 52-year-old lady who has been running a “General store” with her husband for seven years. The man shown in the photo is Hameedan’s husband. She has three children and all of them attend school. Her husband also assists her by buying goods from the market. He is very supportive of her, which is why she is able to give proper time to the store. He feels proud of his wife.
She needs a loan of Rs 30,000 to buy more stock of rice and packs of oil because these items are demanded time after time at her store. This will help her to expand her business. They are hopeful of earning more profits and wish to use part of the profits to better their children and increase their business capital.
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.