Ms. Zahida is a 48-year-old married woman. She has been running a business of crockery sales for many years. She offers various products such as dinner sets, tea sets, and bowls, etc. Her husband works as a driver and earns insufficient income to meet the needs of the family members alone, so Zahida makes sufficient income to contribute to the family's income. For the improvement of her business she contacted Kashf Foundation and applied for loan of 20,000 PKRs. In this way she will be able to purchase a variety of crockery such as tea sets, bowls, and glasses in various sizes and designs. She expects a boost in her earnings and dreams of expanding her business in the future.
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.