Ms. Shahida is a 28-year-old married woman. She has been running a business of milk sales for many years. She very well looks after her animals and sells their milk to the people of her community. She also sells small animals near an occasion of eid-ul-azha (a religious occasion) to get an extra amount of profit.
Shahida is motivated to provide her children with good food, health and clothing, and is eager to support her family financially. She has taken several loans for the growth of her business.
Currently, Shahida requested a loan of Rs 20,000 to purchase another cow to increase milk production capacity. She dreams of providing a quality life and bright future 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.