Ms. Sabreen is a 46-year-old married woman. She has excelled in the business of hand embroidery for 17 years. Her husband is a property dealer. She also encouraged her mother-in-law to join her business; both of them are earning 8,000 PKR per month. Sabreen has become famous for providing unique embroidery designs and patterns to her customers. The income earned from this business is spent on the education of her four children who all attend school. With the support of Kashf she has increased her monthly income. To cope with the orders of her customers, she has requested a loan of 30,000 PKR to purchase raw materials, such as reels of thread and packs of sequins, pearls and glittery material. She dreams of providing her children with a good quality education to enable a prosperous future.
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.