Ms Rukhsana is 26 years old, a married woman and a mother of two children. She has been successfully running a business of bed sheets selling for many years with the support of her husband. The man shown in the photo is Rukhsana’s husband. By this time, they have many customers and make enough to lead a decent life.
Rukhsana wants to purchase more bed covers and bed sheets to grow her sales. For this reason she requested a loan of Rs. 30,000 from Kashf Foundation. She has been in association with Kashf for four years and has shown excellent repayment behavior. She expects a boost in her earnings and wishes to spend part of the revenue on the betterment of her family members.
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.