Ms. Azizan is a 40-year-old married woman and mother of two children. She is trying hard to fulfill their needs including food, health, clothing, and education. She has been running a canteen (cafe) for the last five years in a school. She is famous for providing quality goods and is contentedly doing it for the sake of her children, to provide them quality education and a better lifestyle. Her children are going to private school and she wants their bright and prosperous future. Her husband also helps her in purchasing goods from the market.
Currently she applied for a loan of Rs. 45,000 from Kashf Foundation to purchase packs of biscuits, sweets, toffees and beverages to meet the demand of her customers time after time. She has been in association with Kashf for seven years and has shown excellent repayment behavior.
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.