Robina, age 20, is a married woman. She has been running a business purchasing and selling animals for the past two years. She buys baby goats at low prices, raises them and then sells them at the market at higher prices near the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha (a religious event in Muslims countries). She is in charge of providing her family with bread and butter. In order to purchase two more goats, she requested a loan of PKR 40,000 from Kashf Foundation. She is in her third loan cycle with a good repayment history. She hopes to grow her business and dreams of providing a better standard of living for her family members through all her hard work in her business.
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.