Sajida is a 42-year-old married woman and mother of four children. She is a very talented lady and excels in her work of stitching. She has gotten a lot of appreciation from her community. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. Her customers’ demand is increasing day by day, but due to lack of availability of funds, she is unable to meet the daily demands of her customers. For this reason, she requested for a loan of 35,000 PKR to purchase more reels of threads with packs of buttons, zippers and laces in various colors. She is in her third loan cycle with Kashf Foundation. She hopes to grow her business as well as dreams of giving a good and quality education to her children through all her hard work.
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.