Aneela is 37 years old. She is married and the mother of three children. She has been successfully running her own beauty parlor for three years. She offers many services to her customers such as hair styling, makeup, and facials. By doing her best to provide services, she has become very famous on her street. To meet with the increasing demands of her customers, she is interested in buying a larger variety of products for the parlor, but, due to low capital, she is unable to meet with the increasing demands of her customers. For this reason, she applied for a loan of 40,000 PKR to buy hair care products, skin products, and bleaching and whitening creams in large quantities. This is her third loan, and she has a good repayment history. She wishes to use a part of her revenues to provide a good and quality education to her children.
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.