Ms. Tasleem is a 47 year old married woman and mother of two children. She has been successfully running a small general store in her community for the last two years with the support of her husband. The man shown in the photo is Ms. Tasleem’s husband. Her store offers various goods at reasonable prices and has a good number of clients.
Ms. Tasleem makes enough money to contribute to her family's income. She is motivated to provide for her family and is eager to provide her children with a quality education. Since she wants to expand her business, she is requesting a loan of 20000 PKR to buy rice, grains, and flour from the market in bulk at lower prices. This would allow her to consistently meet the increasing demand for these products.
Ms. Tasleem is in her second loan cycle and has an excellent repayment record. She will use part of her revenues to pay for personal expenses and increase business capital.
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.