Ms Bushra is a 32 year-old active, married woman. She is effectively running an embroidery business with the support of her husband. The man shown in the photo is Bushra’s husband. She has five years of experience in this field. Her collection is very famous in her town and she has attained regular list of customers and makes enough to lead a decent life.
She is a loving mother of one child and is in charge of providing her family with good food, health and education. She has slowly but surely improved her business by taking loans from the Kashf Foundation. Now she requested for a loan of Rs.10,000 to purchase a stock of threads with the packs of sequins, pearls and glittering material in various colors. She expects more profits and hence can better support her family members. She desires to spend the part of 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.