Ms. Bushra is a 22-year-old, married woman. She has been successfully running a small general store in her community for many years. She offers various goods for daily use. She has good communication skills and counts on a good customer list. Her husband is Labor, and he earns insufficient income to support their family alone.
Bushra is a mother of four children. She is motivated to provide for her family. Because she wants to grow her business, she is in her 2nd loan cycle. This cycle, she wants to take a loan of 30,000 PKR to buy stocks of rice, flour, and canteen material from the market at lower prices. She then would be able to meet the increasing demand for these items, consistently.
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.