Ayesha is 34 years old, married, and has children. She enjoys doing work of hand embroidery. She initiated her business with the support of Kashf Foundation. Her embroidery patterns are very popular in her territory. She is famous for designing bridal dresses in her community and most of her clients are her neighbors.
Ayesha is requesting a loan for 30,000 PKR from Kashf Foundation, which she will use to buy more frames, needles and threads of different colors. In order to meet the growing demand for her embroidery, she needs to engage more women. She expects a boost in her net income through her large sales. Kashf Foundation's micro-finance services enabled her to improve the standard of living of her family and send her children to school.
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.