Shazia is a 33-year-old married woman and a mother of four children. She has been actively involved in the business of cloth sales for six years. She purchases a variety of cloths from the market and then resells it to the people of her community. She has become famous for selling good quality cloths in her community. Shazia requested for a loan of 30,000 PKR from Kashf Foundation to buy a stock of cloths in different colors and designs by taking in account the choices and tastes of her customers. She is in her sixth loan cycle and has shown excellent repayment behavior. She hopes to have a good experience with this new loan and wants to grow her business. She dreams of giving a good and quality education to her children through all her hard efforts 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.