Ms Mukhtaran is a 41-year-old married woman. She is doing the business of crockery selling with the support of her husband. The man shown in the photo is Mukhtaran’s husband. They have gained three years of experience in this field. They offer steel plates, pots and saucepans in various sizes and make enough to lead a decent a life. The couple has six children; one of them is school going. Mukhtaran dreams of providing a quality education to the other children as well. For the improvement of their business, she requested a loan of Rs 20,000 to buy more dinner sets, bowls and cutlery. In this way, they will be able to cater to more customers time after time, which ultimately helps in generating more cash.
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.