Ms. Atiqa is a 30-year-old married woman and a mother of three. She has been running a business of tailoring for many years. She admitted the fact that the income earned by her husband is not enough alone to manage the household.
In order to contribute to the family income, Atiqa initiated her own business of tailoring. She very well knows the techniques of sewing and sews clothes for half of the people of her community.
Atiqa requested a loan of Rs 20,000 to buy a new sewing machine with reels of thread, buttons and zippers in different colors to meet the increasing demand without delay.
Atiqa dreams of her children's bright and secure future. She is very much thankful to Kashf for its support.
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.