Nasreen, 46, is a married woman who has manufactured carpets for many years. She offers handmade carpets in various colors and designs and has become famous for providing good quality products in her circle. She is happily doing it for the sake of her family. She is mother of two children and is trying hard to fulfill their demands, including food, health, clothing and education. She also sews as a part time job. In this way she is able to handle her family's needs and requirements effectively. It’s her sixth year with the Kashf Foundation and she is satisfied with its support. Currently, she is applying for a loan of 35,000 PKR to buy good quality wool, nylon, polyester, and polypropylene fibers to increase her sales and thereby better support 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.