Ms. Kalsoom is a 23-year-old married woman and a mother of two. She had a difficult time after her husband's business failure. She decided to work with her husband to support her family for their better future. Eight years ago, she began stitching work in her house. She stitches clothes for the people living around her house and uses the income to support her entire family. However, due to lack of availability of funds, she is unable to meet the daily demands of her customers. So, she applied for a second loan of Rs. 30,000 with Kashf Foundation. She intends to use this loan amount to buy more spools of thread in different colors and packs of lace and zippers to create a means of increasing revenue, so that she may be able to generate a healthier source of income.
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.