Suriya is 55 years old, and a married woman with six children. She is trying hard to fulfill their demands including food, health, clothing, and education. She has been doing a business of carpet manufacturing for the past 10 years. She offers various handmade carpets in different colors and she is known for providing good quality carpets in her community. She is contentedly doing it for the sake of her family.
It’s her third year with Kashf Foundation. She is satisfied with the support of Kashf foundation. She has applied for a loan of PKR 30,000 to buy good quality wool, nylon, polyester, and polypropylene fibers to increase her sales. She wishes to spend her profits 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.