Ms. Bashiraan is a 46-year-old married woman. She has been running a business of milk sales with the support of her husband. The man shown in the photo is Bashiraan’s husband. They have been doing it together for the past five years. Bashiraan is a hard-working lady and has three buffaloes to milk.
She is a mother of six children; three of them are working, while the others are going to school. Bashiraan wants to fulfill the educational expense of her children for their prosperous future. She applied for a loan of Rs. 25,000 to the Kashf Foundation to purchase another buffalo to increase milk sales. She expects to earn profits and desires to spend it on providing quality education to her children.
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.