Ms Sakeena is a 54 year old married woman and mother of six children. She has run a tailoring business for 12 years to support her husband. She has accepted the fact that if her husband is the only one working for their family, they will not be able to meet the household expenses. She started tailoring at home to help support her family. She, together with her husband, manages their household while operating a business.
At this time, she is working hard to continually provide additional income for their everyday expenses. Now she has requested for a loan of Rs. 30000/- to purchase more spools of thread, packs of buttons and lace. In this way she will be able to meet the increasing demand without fail. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. Sakeena hopes to grow her business through her hard work.
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.