Maqbool is a 42-year-old married woman. She has been doing a business selling fruit for many years with the support of her husband, who is also shown in the photo. They are very enthusiastic about her business of selling fruit and manage to earn a reasonable amount of money to support their family.
They have five children. She is responsible for their food, health and education and is trying hard to fulfill their basic necessities through her business.
For the improvement of the business, Maqbool contacted Kashf Foundation and applied for a loan of 35,000 PKR to purchase sacks of apples, mangoes and guavas. This will help them to meet market demands consistently. They are very experienced and have good contacts in the market. With this loan, they will definitely expand her business and income level.
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.