Shahida is a 49-year-old married woman who has operated a milk sales business for many years. Shahida has one buffalo in milk. She sells the milk and butter that she makes to many of her neighbors. Her business is good enough to lead her decent life.
Shahida is a mother of four children, who all attend school. She is very motivated to provide them with a beautiful life, a good education, food and clothing. Shahida has improved her business to meet day-to-day expenses.
This is Shahida's fifth year with Kashf Foundation. She is happily running her business with Kashf Foundation's support. She has requested a loan of 40,000 Pakistani Rupees (PKR) to purchase another buffalo and feed for its calves. She hopes increase production capacity so that she can sell milk to more people in her community.
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.