Nasrin is 46 years old and married. She has five children. She is striving hard to meet their demands, including food, clothing, and health. Her husband is employed with a low salary, too low an income to meet the daily expenditures of the family.
Nasrin started her business of sewing clothes with her daughter (who is also shown in the photo). She is well familiar with the stitching techniques and enjoys a great client list. She has gradually improved her business with the support of the Kashf Foundation.
Currently she is in her fourth loan cycle, and she has applied for a loan of PKR 15,000. This will help her to purchase spools of threads, zippers, and elastic material. So then she will be able to meet the demands of her customers without fail.
She hopes to grow her business and dreams of improving her standard of living.
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.