At the age of 47, Wazeer is an energetic married woman. She has been in the business of flower-making for the past four years. She knows very well the method of making beautiful flowers which are used in decorating parties, weddings and other events. She sells them to the people of her community and also sells in the local market. The immense experience in the art of flower making has lent her great versatility in making flowers to meet her clients' needs.
It’s her second year with Kashf Foundation, and for the improvement of her business she requires a loan of Rs. 30,000 to buy raw materials such as fabric, glace papers and packs of paints in various colors. In this way she would be able to consistently meet with the increasing demands of her customers. She wishes to spend part of the revenues to deal with the expenses of her family and to increase her business capital.
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.