Ms Nasreen is a 39-year-old married woman who is living with her husband and five children in Punjab, Pakistan. The man shown in the photo is Nasreen’s husband who has been providing a service of filling water in gallons from the canal and supplying it to the people of their community for a period of about three years. To help continue the operations, she has requested a loan of Rs. 20,000 to purchase another cart and drums in various sizes to fill with water. In this way, her husband will be able to serve more customers efficiently. Nasreen is hopeful that this loan will be a productive one for her husband and will bring positive changes to his 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.