Ms Aaysha is a 56-year-old married woman. She has been successfully running a business selling dressmaking supplies. She offers various colorful laces, buttons and ribbons to the people of her community and earns enough to lead a decent life. She has gained three years of experience in this field and has attained a regular list of customers. Her husband is employed in a small factory and earns insufficient income to support his family alone. She is a mother of five children and is motivated to provide for her family. As she wants to grow her business, she requested a loan of Rs 30,000 to buy more threads, laces and ribbons in different colors and designs. Then she would be able to meet the increasing demand consistently. She is in her second loan cycle and has shown excellent repayment behavior. She wishes to use part of the revenues to deal with personal expenses and to increase her business capital.
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.