Ms. Nasreen has been in the business of stitching for many years. She is a very talented woman and is eager to contribute to the family income. She has gotten a lot of appreciation from her community, so she decided to initiate her own business with support of Kashf Foundation. She is living with her parents and has four siblings, of which she is the eldest. Her father is a government servant and his income is not enough to cover family expenditures.
Nasreen has gradually improved her business with the support of Kashf Foundation. She is in her sixth loan cycle, and every time she repays her loan on time. Currently she has requested a loan of Rs. 30,000 to purchase more spools of thread and packs of buttons, laces, and zippers in different colors in order to meet increasing demand. She hopes to have a good experience with this new loan and wants to grow her business. She dreams of giving a good and quality education to her siblings through all her hard work in her business.
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.