Ms Parveen is a 44-year-old, active, married woman. She is successfully doing a business of home products sales near her home. She offers various tableware items and bed sheets, and has gained four years of experience in this field. She makes enough to lead a decent life, supplementing her husband’s income which is not alone sufficient to meet the everyday expenditures of their household.
Parveen is a loving mother of five children. She is in charge of providing her family with good food, health and education. She has slowly but surely improved her business by taking loans from the Kashf Foundation. Now she requested a loan of 30,000 PKR to purchase dinner sets, bowls in different sizes, and pairs of bed sheets in various designs and colors. She has been in association with Kashf for the past two years. She desires to spend the additional income she will earn, on providing good and quality education to her children.
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.