Ms. Robina is a 30-year-old married woman. She is very talented and excels in work in the beauty parlor. She has gotten a lot of appreciation from her community. She has one daughter and two sons. Her husband is a builder and makes small buildings. His income is not enough to cover family expenditures.
Robina wants to support her family by using her great talent. She requested a loan of 20,000 Rs (Pakistan rupees) to buy more packs of makeup kits, whitening products and a new steamer. She hopes to have a good experience with this new loan and wants to grow her business. She dreams of giving a good and quality education to her children through all her hard slog in her business.
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.