Ms Kubra is a 23-year-old married woman and the mother of one child. She is trying hard to fulfill the family demands including food, healthcare, clothing, and education. She has been running a general store for the past 6 years with the support of her husband. The man shown in the photo is Kubra’s husband. They are doing it for the sake of their family. She is able to manage her family needs and requirements effectively. It’s her second year with Kashf Foundation. She is satisfied with the support of the Kashf foundation. She has applied for a loan of Rs. 30,000 to buy stocks of rice, flour and grains for her general store to fulfill the demands of her customers. Kubra is hopeful to increase her earnings and wishes to spend part of the profits on the expansion of her business.
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.