Ms Sajida aged 32 enjoys her work of packing and selling tamarind for 6 years now. It is a popular street item in a country like Pakistan. Mostly females are fond of eating it as it has sour and sweet taste. Sajida is doing this business with the support of her husband. The man shown in the photo is Sajida’s husband who assists her in purchasing a stock of tamarind from the market. After doing packing they sell it to the people of their vicinity and make enough to fulfill the needs of their two children. Now Sajida requested a loan of Rs 25,000 PKR to buy good taste tamarind in bulk with the bundles of wrapping sheets which will help in increasing sales. She hopes to earn more profits and will use the part of profits on her children’s education, better health and food.
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.