Mrs. Manzooran is a 44-year-old married, active woman. She is a mother of four children. She is trying hard to fulfill their demands including food, health, clothing, and education. She started her business because her husband’s income was not sufficient to meet the daily demands of the family members. She has been manufacturing carpet for many years. Her carpet is used in mosques for the purpose of prayer. She makes them from a special kind of wood, which is bought during the winter season. She offers various handmade carpets in different cities, and she has become famous for providing good quality carpets in her community. She is happily doing it for the sake of her family. She also sews as her part-time job. In this way, she is able to handle her family's needs and requirements effectively. This is her second year with the Kashf Foundation. She is satisfied with the support of the Kashf Foundation. She has applied for a loan of Rs 30,000 to buy good quality wood and some tools to build her sales. She wishes to spend a part of her profits on the betterment of 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.