Bushra is a 42-year-old married woman. She has been running a business in animal sales and purchases for four years. She buys animals (baby goats and baby cows) at low prices, brings them up, then her husband sells them out in the market at higher prices. She also milks cows and sells milk to her neighbours to generate an extra profit.
Bushra is a mother of six children and dreams to provide them with a better standard of living. She believes that this will not be possible unless she works towards the expansion of her business. For this reason Bushra has applied for a loan of Rs. 30,000 to buy one more cow.
Bushra has been in association with Kashf foundation for two years. She hopes to raise a profit from her business and plans to set aside some savings for her children's well being.
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.