Ms. Sharifa is a 41-year-old married woman. Her husband has been running a business of milk trading in their community for the last three years. The man shown in the photo is Sharifa’s husband. She helps her husband by caring the cattle and their food arrangements. They make enough to fulfill the demands of their three children. Sharifa got information from her neighbors and put in an application to get a loan of 20,000 PKR to purchase one more buffalo to expand the family's milk business. In this way, she would be able to cater more of the people of her community.
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.