Tahira is a 39-year-old married woman and a mother of six children. She has been successfully running a small general store at the corner of her house. She counts a good client list and makes enough to contribute to her family's income, as her husband is a government employee with low salary income.
To make her store fully stocked, she requested a loan of PKR 35,000 to buy a stock of rice, sugar and flour to meet the increasing demands at her store. She is in her fourth loan cycle. She is expecting a boost in her earnings and dreams of expanding her business in the 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.