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Ansa is a 23-year-old married woman. She currently has five goats. At first, she used to purchase goats and sheep and sell them at the festival of Eid-ul-Azha (Muslim Holy Festival), and gradually, she increased the number of goats. Her business is good enough to help her lead a decent life.
Ansa is the mother of one child. The man shown in the photo is Ansa’s husband, who also assists in her business. She is in the fifth loan cycle and has a strong association with Kashf Foundation. She has taken several loans and each time she has paid back her loan in full and on time. Now she has requested a loan of Rs. 30,000 to buy more of goats. This way, she will be able to generate more revenue. She wishes to utilize the part of revenue for her child's health and education.
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.