Azran is a 30-year-old married woman and a mother of two. She started in the business of cloths trade one year ago.
She serves her community well by providing good quality fabrics. She offers cloths of different colors, according to the tastes and choices of her customers.
Azran is contributing much of the family income to support the needs of her family members. Her husband is a laborer whose income alone is not sufficient to bear everyday expenditures.
Azran wishes to send her children to school but is unable to cover the expenses. To increase her sales, she needs to purchase more variety of cloths for the winter season.
She has requested for a loan of 25,000 Pakistani rupees, which will enable her to offer more range to her customers. She intends to use part of her profits to provide quality education for her children.
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.