Maryam is a 47-year-old married woman. She has been running a business of milk selling with her husband for many years. She has two buffaloes and sells their milk, along with butter and cheese that she makes from their milk to many of her neighbors. She looks after the buffaloes and performs the task of collecting milk from them while her husband sells it to the main city on a daily basis. They are happily doing it together to support their family. She has five children, three of them are in school. She needs to earn much more to meet their everyday expenditures including food, clothing and education. In order to increase their income, Maryam requested for a loan of 30,000 PKR to buy one more buffalo to cater to more customers. She hopes to increase the production capacity of milk which ultimately will help in generating more income.
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.