Ms Nazia is 32 years old and married lady with five children. She has been selling fruit with her husband for many years. They serve their community well by providing fresh quality fruits to their customers. Nazia assists her husband by packing the fruits properly in the boxes and then loading them on his cart.
In order to purchase more fresh fruits, she contacted Kashf Foundation and applied for a loan of Rs 20,000. This will enable her husband to purchase bananas, apples and oranges of fresh quality. Nazia expects a boost in their net income through their large sales. The couple dreams of purchasing their own house and wants to provide a quality education for their 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.