Touqeer is widow who lives in an area of Lahore. Her husband was a daily wager and soon after his death, Touqeer started a sewing business to provide her children with the basic necessities of life. She decided to face the grimness of life courageously. She is very familiar with stitching techniques and enjoys a great client list. By now, Touqeer has gained a lot of appreciation and popularity in her community. To meet the orders on time, she requested a loan of Rs 20,000 to buy a stock of threads in different colors, as well as packs of needles and buttons. With these, she would be able to meet the demands of her customers without fail. She hopes to grow her business and dreams of giving a good and quality education to her children through all her hard work in 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.