Gulashan had a difficult time after her husband's business failure. She decided to work with her husband to support her family for their better future. Ten years ago she began stitching work in her house. She stitches for the people living around her house and uses the income to support her entire family. However, due to lack of funds, she is unable to meet the daily demands of her customers. Therefore she contacted Kashf Foundation and applied for a loan of 30,000 PKR to purchase another sewing machine with spools of threads and packs of needles. She has been in association with Kashf for three years and has an excellent repayment recordr. She expects a boost in her earnings and wishes to spend part of the revenue for 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.