Pathani is 32 years old. She is married and the mother of two children. She runs a small general store in the corner of her house for the people of her community. She offers a variety of food items at reasonable prices and has retained many customers who regularly shop at her store. She makes enough to provide for her family. To make her store fully stocked, she requested a loan of 30,000 PKR, which she will use to buy packs of salts, biscuits, and beverages to meet with the increasing demand at her store. This is her third loan, and she has a good repayment history. She hopes to have a good experience with this new loan and dreams of expanding her business in the future.
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.