Rehana is 38-year-old married woman and mother of two children. She works from home as a tailor. She has been in this line of work for many years now and is proud to be contributing to her household income. When Rehana was not working, her family was going through severe financial crisis which compelled her to use her stitching skills in a productive manner. Her husband was the sole bread winner of the family and due to limited resources none of their children were sent to school. She felt obligated to change her family’s living standards and started working. She is a brave woman and her hard work has helped her establish a good clientele. She is having difficulty in fulfilling large orders, so she has requested for a loan of 30,000 PKR from Kashf Foundation to purchase a new stitching machine with some spools of thread in various colors. Rehana is in her second loan cycle and hopes to expand her business in the near 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.