Ms. Zakia is a 36-year-old married woman. She has been successfully running a small general store in her community for the last two years. She offers various items and goods for everyday use. She has good communication skills and has a good client list. Her husband is a sales-person. She is the mother of six children and is motivated to provide for her family. She wants to expand her business so she requested a loan of 50,000 PKR to buy a stock of cleaning products such as detergents, soaps, and other grocery items in large quantities to meet with the increasing demand at her store. She wishes to spend part of the revenues to deal with the expenses of her children’s education and to increase her business capital.
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.