Zahoor is a 52-year-old married woman and a mother of four. She is an active and talented lady who excels in the work of stitching. She has ten years of experience in this field and has gotten a lot of appreciation from her community. She wants to fulfill the needs of her family through all her hard work. One of her sons is shown in the photo, sitting with Zahoor. She requested a loan of PKR 15,000 to buy a new stitching machine with reels of thread, buttons and zippers in different colors to meet the increasing demand of her customers without delay. She dreams for her children's bright future and is thankful to Kashf for its support.
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.