Ms Shahida is a 37-year-old married woman and the mother of five children. She is trying hard to satisfy her family's needs, which include food, health care, clothing, and education. She and her husband have been farmers for many years, raising different types of fruits and vegetables which they sell in a local market. Her son helps her grow these crops by watering the soil to ensure a high-quality crop. She has gradually improved her business with the support of the Kashf Foundation. In order to buy different types of seeds along with packs of insecticides and pesticides, Shahida is requesting a loan of Rs. 10,000. This would help her to grow more crops and ultimately generate more cash.
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.