Ms. Asia is 33 years old and married. She has been working in hand embroidery for 10 years. She has been blessed with the skills of hand embroidery ever since childhood, so she utilized her skills by starting this business in order to become a helping hand for her husband. Asia’s husband is employed in a private firm and earns insufficient income to bear the everyday expenditures of his family alone. Asia is contributing a lot to the family's income. She is famous in her community for providing the best designs so the demands of her customers are increasing day-by-day.
She lives with her husband, children and other relatives in a small house. She is responsible to provide them with good quality food and an education to her children. She has gradually improved her business with the support of Kashf foundation. Now she requested a loan of 40000 PKR to buy reels of threads in different colors with packs of pearls, sequins and needles. She desires to spend the portion of her profit on the improvement of her house and her children’s 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.