Ishrat had a difficult time after her husband's business failed. She decided to work with her husband in order to support her family for a better future. Since ten years ago, she began her business of sewing uppers of shoes in her house. She is a very talented lady and excels in her work. At this time, she is working hard to continually provide income for her family's everyday expenses. Ishrat has requested a loan of Rs. 30,000 to purchase a new sewing machine with some reels of threads and leather material in various colors. In this way, she will be able to meet increasing demand consistently. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She hopes to grow her business and dreams of giving a good quality education to her children through all her hard work. She is in her 5th loan cycle and has a good repayment history.
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.