Ms Bushra is a 33-year-old married woman. She is a mother of four - two daughters and two sons. She is trying hard to fulfill their demands, including food, health, clothing, and education. She has been operating a business of lace manufacturing for the past 3 years. She offers various types of laces in different colors, and has become famous in providing good quality lace. She is contentedly doing it for the sake of her family. She is also doing sewing as her part time job. In this way, she is able to handle her family's needs and requirements efficiently. Her husband also assists her in dealing with the local market to increase her sales.
It’s her third year with Kashf Foundation. She is satisfied from the support of Kashf foundation and has applied a loan of Rs. 20,000 to buy good quality threads, ribbons and pearls in different colors to increase her sales. She wishes to spend the earned revenue 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.