Ms Kubra is a 41-year-old married woman. She is a mother to six children; five of them are school-going. She has been running a business of milk selling with her husband for the past five years. She has two buffaloes in milk and sells their milk to people in her vicinity along with butter and cheese that she makes from the milk. She looks after the buffaloes and performs the task of collecting milk from them while her husband sells it to different places on a daily basis. Because of the good quality of milk, the demand is increasing day-by-day. For this reason, she requested a loan of Rs 25,000 to buy one more buffalo to increase the production of milk. She expects boost in her earnings and wishes to spend a part of the revenues on the expenses of her family.
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.