Ms Jeeran is a 55-year-old married woman. She is an active lady and has had a business selling milk for many years. She has four buffaloes for milk. She sells the milk to many of her neighbors, along with butter, cheese and ghee that she makes from the milk. Her business is good enough to provide a decent life for her. According to Jeeran, taking a loan from Kashf helps her to grow her business and helps her family members as well. Now she has attained many customers and requested a new loan of RS 25,000 to purchase one more buffalo. This would increase the production capacity of milk and improve her earnings. She said that Kashf Foundation has brought a change in her family life, which increased her respect in the eyes of her husband and her whole family.
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.