Ms. Zuhra is a 37-year-old lady. She is very talented and excels in the work of stitching. She has gotten a lot of appreciation from her community, so she decided to initiate her own business to contribute to the family income, as her husband’s income is nominal and not enough to cover family expenditures.
Zuhra very well knows the techniques of stitching, and her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She earns enough to lead a decent life. To help her continue operations of her business, she requested a loan of 25,000 PKR (Pakistan rupees) to buy stock of threads in different colors with packs of zippers and buttons to meet the increasing demand. In addition to repaying the loan, she will use part of the revenues to deal with personal expenses.
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.