Ms Nasreen is a 49-year-old married woman and a mother of six children. She is trying hard to fulfill their demands, including food, health, clothing, and education. She and her husband have worked in agriculture for twenty years. She grows different vegetables and fruits and sells them in the local market. In order to purchase different types of seeds and packs of insecticides and pesticides, she applied a loan of 25,000 PKR. This would help her to grow more crops which ultimately help in generating 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.