Jamila is a 52-year-old married woman and has been in the business of milk sales for many years. She has two buffaloes to milk. After collecting milk from them she sells it to the people of her town. Her business is good enough for her to lead a decent life. She is a mother of seven children and is very motivated to provide them with a beautiful life and good education, food and clothing. Jamila has improved her business to meet daily expenses. This is her third year with Kashf Foundation and she is happily running her business through its support. She has requested a loan of 30,000 PKR to purchase another buffalo. She hopes to increase milk production which ultimately would help generate more cash.
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.