Ms. Mussarat is 46 years old and is a dedicated mother of four children. She is efficiently doing a business of milk sales and has gained years of experience in this field. She has three buffaloes to milk and sells their milk to the people of her community. She also purchases small calves and sells them near the Eid-ul-Azha (a religious event in Muslim countries like Pakistan) and earns a good profit from this business.
Because of her work, she is respected in her home. She helps her husband in all family matters as well as financial matters. While talking to the Kashf officer, she shared the feeling of achievement she got by sending her three children to school for an education.
She has some savings and has applied for a loan of 30,000 PKR (Pakistan rupees) to purchase another buffalo to milk to get an increase in production capacity of milk. She expects a boost in her business income as she expands her business. She is very thankful to Kashf for its 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.