Ms Firdoos is a 38-year-old married woman who is the mother of five children. She is trying hard to meet their needs, including for food, health, clothing, and education. For the last 20 years she and her husband have earned a living by manufacturing spoons which they make in various sizes. She is well-known in her area for the high quality of her products and works hard because she wants to take good care of her family. She has been a member of the Kashf Foundation for two years and is very happy with the support it provides. She is requesting a loan for Rs. 20000 to buy raw materials like good quality steel, iron and boxes for packing. Her goal is to increase her output and her sales. She will use part of the additional income she earns to expand 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.