Ameena is 32 years old and married. She works as a tailor and has been in this line of work for five years now. She is proud to be a great contributor to her household income. When Ameena was not earning money, her family was going through a financial crisis that compelled her to use her stitching skills in a productive manner as her husband was the sole bread earner in the family.
Her hard work has helped her to establish a good clientele but she is having difficulty fulfilling large orders. For this reason, she has requested a loan of PKR 40,000 to purchase a new stitching machine and some spools of threads in different colors. She hopes to have a good experience with this new loan.
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.