Ms. Rehana is a 42-year-old married woman and a mother of three. She has had a business of beauty for the past ten years.
By this time, Rehana has become popular on her street for providing the best quality services to her customers. But business challenges, combined with family expenditures, frustrate her nearly every day. Her husband is employed in a factory, but his income alone is not sufficient to bear the daily expenditures of his family members.
Rehana contributes enough to the family’s income to support her family well. She has gradually improved her business with the support of Kashf Foundation. Currently, she requested a loan of Rs 20,000 to buy more beauty products, including makeup kits and skin care and hair treatment products, to meet the increasing demands of her customers.
Rehana has been in association with Kashf for six years. She dreams of opening a training center to teach beauty skills to the girls of her community.
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.