Ms. Shameem is a 39 year-old married woman and a mother of six. She has been working in tailoring for many years to support her family. She accepted the fact that if her husband works alone for their family, they will not be able to meet the household expenses and the educational needs of the children. That is why she started tailoring at home to better support her family. She, with her husband, manages their household while operating a business. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.
Now she is requesting a loan of 20000 PKR to purchase more spools of thread, packs of buttons, lace, etc. This will help her to meet the increasing demand. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. Shameem hopes to grow her business and dreams of providing a quality education for her children through all her hard work 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.