Ms. Azra is 43 years old. She is a married woman and a mother of five. She has been making clay pots with her husband for 15 years. The man shown in the photo is Azra’s husband. They started their business from a very small level and expanded it gradually. They have become popular in their area for providing the best quality pots in different sizes. In order to purchase high-quality mud, clay powder and buckets of paints in various colors, Azra contacted the Kashf Foundation and applied for a loan of Rs 30,000. It would help her to meet their orders on time. She has been in association with Kashf for four years and has shown an excellent repayment history. She wishes to spend part of her profits on improving the standard of living for her family members.
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.