Ms. Balqees is a 47-year-old married woman and a mother of one child. She decided to work with her husband to support her family for a better future. Two years ago she began stitching work in her house. She sews for the people living around her house and uses the income to support her entire family. She knows very well the techniques of stitching. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community.
Ms. Balqees earns enough to lead a decent life. However, due to lack of availability of funds she is unable to meet the daily demands of her customers. For this reason, she contacted Kashf Foundation and applied for a loan of PKR 20,000. She intends to use this loan amount to buy raw material including cloth and threads of different colors with packs of zippers and button. These materials will create a means of increasing revenues so that she may be able to generate a healthier source of income.
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.