Ms. Robina had a difficult time so she decided to work with her husband to support her family for a better future. She has two children. Fifteen years ago she began making knives with her husband in her house. The man shown in the photo is Robina’s husband. They both make knives in different sizes and sell them to the people of their community in the local market. In this way they make an income to support the entire family. However, due to lack of availability of funds they are unable to meet the orders on time. This why Robina applied a loan of 30,000 PKR to purchase raw materials like good quality steel and plastic handles along with boxes for packing. Her goal is to increase her output and her sales. She will use part of the additional income she earns to expand 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.