Nazrah is a 31-year-old, married, energetic lady. She has been actively involved in the business of animal sales for five years. She buys animals (baby goats and baby cows) from the market, nourishes them and then sells them to the people of her community at reasonable prices. She is a motivated mother of four and is responsible for their food, health and education, and she is trying hard to fulfill their basic necessities through her business. In order to expand her business, she applied for a loan of Rs. 22,000 to buy one more cow. She is in her fourth loan cycle with a good repayment history. She is expecting a boost in her earnings through all of her hard work in her business.
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.