Ms. Abida is a 40-year-old married woman. She is a passionate woman and has been doing the work of sewing clothes for the last ten years with her husband. The man shown in the photo is Abida’s husband.
Both are working night and day making elegant dresses for women in their community. Their designs collection is very famous in their town. Ms. Abida also buys cloth from the market and makes dresses to sell. They offer a variety of clothes in different colors to customers and make enough money to lead a decent life.
Abida and her husband are loving parents of two daughters and two sons. They are in charge of providing them with good food, health and education. They have steadily improved the business by taking loans from the Kashf Foundation.
Now, Abida requested a loan of Rs. 40,000 to buy a stock of more cloth in different colors and various designs with packs of laces and thread. She hopes to have more profits and hence, better support her family.
The couple also shared that they aspire to save money for their daughters’ marriages.
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.