Ms. Uzma is a 32-year-old married woman and a mother of one child. Three years ago she began stitching work in her house. She stitches for the people in the surrounding area and uses the income to support her entire family.
However, due to lack of availability of funds Uzma is unable to fully meet the daily demands of her customers. For this reason she contacted Kashf Foundation and applied a loan of PKR 25,000 to buy raw material including cloth, threads of different colors, lace and zippers. The additional materials will be a means of increasing revenues so that she may be able to generate a healthier source of income. She is in her second loan cycle and is thankful to Kashf for its tremendous support.
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.