Ms. Ishrat is a 41-year-old widow; she has been doing a business of selling vegetables for the past two years. She is very enthusiastic in her business of selling vegetables and manages to earn a reasonable amount of money to support her family. She is a loving mother of three daughters and is trying hard to fulfill their basic necessities through her business.
For the improvement of her business, Ishrat contacted Kashf Foundation and applied for a loan of Rs. 20,000 to purchase sacks of vegetables such as onions, potatoes and ginger. This will help her to meet market demands consistently.
Ishrat dreams to provide a quality education to her children through all her hard work.
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.