Ms Shamim is 45 years old married woman. For the past 20 years, she has been successfully running a business of milk sales in her community. She has become famous in her area for providing good quality milk. She counts a good client list and makes enough to contribute to her family's income. She is loving mother of five children. Her husband is a labor whose income is not sufficient to meet the household expenses alone. Therefore, Shamim is motivated to provide her family with good quality food, health and education. Currently she requested loan of Rs.30,000 to purchase another buffalo. She expects boost in her earnings with her loan and plans to spend the part of profits on the expansion of her business.
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.