Ms. Zahida is a 29-year-old married woman and a mother of five children. She is trying hard to fulfil their demands including food, health, clothing and education. Zahida has been operating a business of carpet manufacturing for the past 8 years with the support of her husband. The man shown in the photo is Zahida's husband. She offers various handmade carpets in different colours, and she is famous for providing good quality carpets in her community. She is contentedly doing it for the sake of her family. In order to buy good quality wool, nylon, polyester, and polypropylene fibres Zahida requested a loan of PKR. 20000 from Kashf Foundation. It would help her to increase her sales which ultimately helps in generating more cash. She hopes to have a good experience with this new loan and dreams of expanding her business in the near 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.