Ms Allah-Wasai is 48 years old, married and has earned a living by buying and selling animals for many years now. She grew up in a farming family, and that is how she became an expert at raising cattle. She buys baby goats and cows at low prices and raises them so her husband can sell them in the local market for a higher price. She has gradually improved her business with help from the Kashf Foundation. She is requesting a new loan for Rs. 35,000 to buy two more goats. She hopes to grow her business and dreams of giving a high-quality education to her children by working hard.
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.