Ms Maqsoodah is a 36-year-old married woman. She is a mother of three children, all of whom go to school.
She has been selling used clothes for eight years. Her husband also assists her in selling the clothes to customers and the local market. She earns enough from this business to lead a decent life.
Ms Maqsoodah has been involved with Kashf for three years and has gradually improved her business with its support. She has applied for a 15,000 Pakistanti rupee loan in order to purchase winter clothes such as sweaters, pants and coats to sell.
With this loan she will be able to cater to her customers' needs better, which will ultimately help in generating more income.
She dreams of providing a quality education for 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.