Ms Asia is a 36-year-old married woman. She has been helping in her husband's business of furniture making. The man shown in the photo is Asia's husband. They have been doing it together for many years. Over time they have become famous for providing good quality furniture in her community. She is a responsible mother of six children and is liable to provide them with the basic necessities of life.
In order to purchase good quality wood with the packs of polish and nails in larger quantity she applied for a loan of 25,000 Pakistan Rupees (PKR) from Kashf foundation. In this way they would be able to cater to more customers without delay which ultimately helps in bringing more cash home. Asia dreams of providing a bright and prosperous future 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.