Samina is a 28-year-old married woman. The man shown in the photo is Samina’s husband. They have been running a food stall for a period of about two years. They enjoy making food and have become famous in their town for providing the best breakfast. They are earning enough to lead a decent life.
Samina is a responsible mother and needs to earn more to bear the daily expenditures of her family members. That is why she requested a loan of 30,000 PKR to buy a stock of rice and grains along with packs of oil, salt and spices. It will allow them to cater to more customers time after time. She wishes to utilize her earned profit on her children’s education and well being.
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.