Ms Naseem is a 47-year-old married woman. She is a passionate woman and has been doing a business of cloth trading for the last four years. She offers variety of colorful cloths of different fabric such as silk, linen, cotton, etc. Her collection is very famous in her town and she makes enough to lead a decent life.
Ms Naseem is a mother of six children. She is in charge of providing her family with good food, health and education. She has steadily improved her business by taking loans from the Kashf Foundation. She is in 2nd loan cycle. Currently she has requested a loan of Rs 25,000 to buy a stock of more cloths of different colors in various designs. She hopes to have more profits and hence better support her family.
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.