Ms. Fatima is a 38-year-old active, married woman. She effectively conducts a business, doing stitching work at her home. She has been in business for the last three years and her collection is very famous in her town and she has received a lot of appreciation from members of her community. While her husband’s income is not sufficient to meet the everyday expenditures of the household, she earns enough to lead a decent life. She is a loving mother of five children and is responsible for providing her family with good food, health and education.
She has slowly but surely improved her business by taking loans from the Kashf Foundation. At this time, she has requested a loan of 25,000 PKR in order to purchase more spools of thread, packs of buttons, lace and zippers in different colors to complete customers' orders on time.
She desires to spend part of her income on providing good, quality education to her children.
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.