Tasneem is a 49 years-old lady. She has been running her business of hand embroidery for many years to contribute in the family's income. Her embroidery patterns are very popular in her community and she makes enough to lead a decent life.
Due to the increase in demand for her embroidery designs she is employing other women in her business to work for her. She is motivated to provide her family with the basic necessities of life including food, clothes and health care. To cope with the increasing demands of her customers, she requested a loan of Rs. 20,000 to buy stocks of threads, sequins and pearls in different colors. She hopes to have a good experience with this new loan and dreams to expand her business in the near future.
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.