Ms Amna is a 50 year old married woman. She has been in the business of making clay pots for the past 15 years with her husband. The man shown in the photo is Amna’s husband. Her husband has expertise in making various sizes and types of pots, while Amna's expertise is painting them. They have gained much popularity in their area. She is a mother of four sons, and three of them currently attend school. Amna wants her sons to get a good education and have good careers in their society. To complete the orders for her business on time she has applied for a loan of Rs. 30000 to purchase stock of good quality clay and packs of paints in various colors. She expects to boost sales which will ultimately help improve her earnings.
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.