Ms Akram is a 55-year-old married woman doing a business of milk selling for the past 10 years. She has 2 calves and 2 cows in milk. She sells their milk to many of her neighbors, along with butter and cheese that she makes from the milk. Her business is good enough to lead her decent life. She has five children; one son is school going and two sons are working in a small factory. She is very motivated to provide them a beautiful life with good education, food and clothing. She has improved her business with the support of Kashf Foundation to meet day to day expenses of life. Currently she applied a loan of Rs. 30000 to purchase another cow. In this way she would be able to inflate her sales which ultimately help in bringing more cash.
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.