Ms Zaheen is 27 years old and married. Her husband has been successfully running a small general store in her community for the last two years. The man shown in the photo is Zaheen’s husband. He offers various items of goods for everyday use. He has good communication skills and counts a good client list.
Zaheen is a mother of three children all of whom are school going. She is motivated to provide for family. For the improvement of her husband’s business, she requested a loan of Rs 20,000/- to buy a stock of rice, flour and packs of oil in large quantity to meet the increasing demand consistently. She wishes to spend part of the revenues for her children’s education and to increase her 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.