Halima is a 45 year old married woman. She deals in the business of animal sales and purchases. She has one cow, one buffalo and three goats. She buys animals (baby goats and calves) at low prices, brings them up and then sells them out in the market at higher prices. She also sells milk to generate an extra amount of income. She needs to improve her business to meet the needs of her family members. For this reason, she contacted Kashf Foundation and applied a loan of 20,000 Pakistani rupees (PKR) to purchase two more calves. She is very experienced and has good contacts in the market. With this loan, she will definitely expand her business and income level.
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.