Taj is an energetic 42-year-old married woman. She has had a business selling corn in her community for many years. Taj started her business when her husband was severely injured in an accident and was not in a good enough physical shape to be employed. This compelled her to support her family members' needs and to smoothly manage household expenditures through her business income.
Taj is a mother of four and is responsible for providing them with good quality food, clothing and education. She has gradually improved her business with the support of Kashf Foundation. Taj has been associated with Kashf for five years and, due to her trust in this institution, she has again requested a loan of 25,000 PKR to purchase more stock of corn and a small cart so her son can assist her in selling corn door-to-door. She expects a boost in her net income through her increased sales. Taj wishes to spend part of the profits for the betterment of her family members.
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.