Ms. Shareefan is a 47-year-old active married woman. She has been successfully running a small general store for 15 years. She believes in keeping the store open for the maximum hours to serve the maximum number of customers. Everyone in the community turns to her shop if they want the surety of getting their things. Shareefan makes enough to lead a decent life. She is the mother of five children and is motivated to provide her family with good quality food, clothing and health.
Ms. Shareefan wants to grow her business so she requested a loan of 30,000 Pakistani rupees to buy packs of salt, biscuits and beverages to meet with the increasing demand on her store. She is expecting a boost in her earnings and dreams of expanding her business in the future. She dreams of providing a bright and prosperous 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.