Mrs Shabana is a married woman and a mother of four. She has been doing a business of stitching for the past 12 years, to help her husband. She accepted the fact that if her husband, alone, worked to support their family, they would not be able to meet the expenses of the household, with the educational needs of the children. That is why she started stitching at home -- to support her family well.
Together with her husband, she manages their household while operating a business. She is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses. Now, she requested a loan of Rs. 30,000. She will use it to purchase more materials for stitching, like spools of thread, packs of buttons and laces. With these purchases, she will be able to satisfy the increasing demand of her customers. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. Shabana hopes to grow her business and dreams of giving a good and quality education to her children, through all her hard work in her business.
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.