Talhat is a well-known tailor in her community. She stitches clothes and bed covers for more than half of the members of the community she lives in. She started this line of work almost 16 years ago when her husband fell ill and was unable to support the family.
Talhat has built up a successful tailoring business with two stitching machines and her daughter as her assistant. Her daughter helps her so that she is able to fulfill orders in less time. She earns enough to lead a decent and respectable life. Talhat told Kashf: “This is what I have done - nothing remarkable but I have fulfilled my responsibility towards my children who will now go to school and gain knowledge that I was never able to acquire."
She has requested a loan in the amount of RS 25,000 in order to purchase more materials for her business, such as reels of threads, laces, and cloth of different colors in bulk. She hopes to earn more income by targeting more customers.
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.