Ms. Zahida is a 33-year-old married woman and a mother of three children. She has been doing sewing for many years and serves well in her community.
Zahida stitches for the people living around her house and uses the income to support her entire family. At present, she enjoys a great client list and has gained a lot of appreciation and popularity in her community.
In order to purchase a new sewing machine with spools of thread in various colors, Zahida contacted Kashf Foundation and applied for a loan of Rs. 25,000. Then she would be able to meet with the demands of her customers without fail.
Zahida hopes to grow her business and dreams of giving a good and quality education to her children through all her hard work in her business.
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.