Ms Bushra is a 41-year-old married woman. She has been in the business of animal sales and milk sales for the last 15 years. The man shown in the photo is Bushra’s husband. He also assists her in selling animals in the local meat market. At the moment, she has three buffalo and two cubs. She makes enough to lead a respectable life.
Bushra is a mother of seven children, four of whom are school going. His elder son also helps her in her business. She is trying hard to meet the needs of the family members. She has been associated with Kashf for four years. Now she requested a loan of Rs. 20,000 to purchase more animals such as small goats and sheep. She will look after them for resale in the local market. She wishes to spend part of her profits on the improvement of her house.
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.