Tahira is a 35-year-old married woman and a mother of five children. She has been running a business of animal sales and purchase for many years with the support of her husband. She buys animals (baby goats) at low prices, brings them up, and sells them at higher prices. Her husband also assists her in buying and selling them in the market. She earns a good profit through her business and is able to meet the needs of the family members. In order to purchase two more goats, she contacted Kashf Foundation and applied for a loan of Rs. 25,000. She wishes to spend part of the earnings on the betterment of her family members and dreams of providing a quality education to her children through all her hard work.
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.