Mahduma is a 26-year-old woman and a mother of three. Her husband is a salaried person, employed in a factory, but his earnings are not enough for his family.
Therefore, three years ago, Mahduma started the business of milk sales with the help of her husband. She has gradually improved her business with the support of Kashf Foundation and she has had a strong association with Kashf for four years.
Currently, in order to purchase another cow, Mahduma requested a loan of PKR 40000. This would enable her to cater to more customers in her community, which would increase her earnings.
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.