Ms. Rasheeda is a 34-year-old married woman. She has operated a business of selling goats and buffaloes for many years. She started her business with the support of the Kashf Foundation. With the help of her husband, she is running a successful business to help them lead a decent life. She buys animals (baby goats and baby cows) at low prices, brings them up and sells them at higher prices. Her husband also assists her in selling the animals in the local market. She is supporting her family of four through all her hard work.
She contacted the Kashf Foundation in order to improve her business and to increase her earnings. Now she is requesting a loan of 20,000 PKR for the purchase of two more goats. She hopes to grow her business and dreams to give her children a good and high quality education through her efforts 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.