Nasira is a 33-year-old woman and the mother of five children. She is trying hard to fulfill their demands including food, health, clothing, and education. She has been doing a business of carpet manufacturing for the last seven years. She offers various handmade carpets in different colors and designs. By this time, she has become famous in her community for providing good quality carpets. It’s her third year with Kashf Foundation. Currently she has requested a loan of 35,000 Pakistani rupees to buy good quality wool, nylon, polyester and polypropylene fibers to increase her sales. She expects a boost in her earnings and wishes to spend it on the betterment 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.