Ms Humaria is a 22-year-old single lady. In order to contribute to the family income, she started her own hand embroidery business with her brother. The man shown in the photo is Humaria’s brother who assists her in completing customers’ orders on time. Humaria has gained three years of experience in this field and has attained a regular list of customers. She makes unique embroidery patterns for the people living around her house and uses the income to support her entire family. However, due to lack of availability of funds, she is unable to meet the daily demands of her customers. For this reason, she contacted Kashf Foundation and applied for a loan of Rs 15,000. She intends to use this loan to buy raw materials including cloths and threads of different colors plus packs of sequins, pearls and glittery material to create a means of increasing revenues so she may be able to generate a healthier source of income. She wishes to spend part of her income on the betterment of her family members.
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.