Ms. Misbah is a 28-year-old married woman and a mother of two. She has been in the business of tailoring for four years to support her husband. She accepted the fact that if her husband alone worked for their family, they would not be able to meet the household expenses in addition to the educational needs of children. That is why she started tailoring at home to support her family well. Along with her husband, she manages their household while operating a business.
Misbah has gradually improved her business with the support of Kashf Foundation. Currently, she has requested a loan of PKR 30,000 to purchase more reels of threads with packs of buttons, laces and needles. This way, she will be able to meet the increasing demand of her customers consistently. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. Misbah hopes to grow her business and dreams of giving a good 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.