Ms Jameela is a 39-year-old married woman. She runs a small general store in her community, offering a variety of items of goods for daily use. She has good communication skills, and a good client list. Her husband started this business, but he is not in good physical shape to run the store now.
She has gradually improved her business with the support of Kashf Foundation. Currently, she needs stocks of goods for daily use to consistently meet her customer's demands.
She has requested a loan of Rs. 30,000 to buy a stock of rice, flour, and grains. She is in her seventh loan cycle, with a good repayment history.
She hopes increase her income by catering to more customers. She wishes to use part of the profits to renovate her store.
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.