Irshad is a 52-year-old married woman who has earned a living by selling milk for many years. She has five buffaloes and one cow. She also has a good client list and makes enough money to contribute to her family's income. She has five children, one of whom attends school. She is very motivated to provide them with a beautiful life with good education, food and clothing. She has improved her business to meet more of her expenses. This is her fifth year with Kashf Foundation; she is happy to run her business with our support and is requesting a loan for Rs. 40,000 to buy one more cow to increase her output of milk. She desires to expand her market to a larger area and spend part of her profits on bettering the lives of her family members.
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.