Musarrat is a 39-year-old married woman who has been in a milk-sales business for the past 10 years. She has one buffalo; she uses it to sell milk to the people of her area. Her business is good enough to let her lead a decent life. She has four children. She is very motivated to provide them a beautiful life with good education, food and clothing. She has improved her business to meet day to day expenses of life. It’s her fifth year with Kashf Foundation; she is happily running her business with its support.
Currently she requested a loan of PKR 30,000 to purchase another buffalo. In this way she will be able to increase her sales and also her profits.
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.