Nazia, age 23, has been earning an income from making clay pots for the past three years. She is highly skilled at her work and has been running her business with the support of her husband. They both play an important role in the expansion of the business. Nazia has various techniques and tools for creating the different designs of her assorted clay pots.
She has now decided to buy a used electric machine and additional packs of clay powder so as to increase her productivity and improve the quality of her hand-made items, which are very popular in her community. For this purpose, she has applied for a loan of Rs. 20,000 from Kashf Foundation.
She is confident that this investment will increase her earnings, and she intends to use the expected profits on improving her family's standard of living.
She is very 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.