Ulfat is a 51-year-old married woman with two children. For the past 15 years, she has been successfully running a small general store with her husband nearby their house. Ulfat's husband assists her by purchasing stocks of goods from the market. He has maintained many contacts over the years. Ulfat is motivated to provide her family with good quality food, clothing and health.
Ulfat is requesting a 35,000 PKR loan to buy more stock of grains, biscuits, candies, and beverages. In this way, she will be able to consistently meet increasing demand and expand her business. Ulfat wishes to utilize part of her revenues to increase her business capital.
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.