Parveen is a 41-year-old, married woman. She has been doing a business, selling animals in her community. She has years of experience in her business and she makes enough money to contribute to the family's income. Parveen has one goat and four calves. She also sells milk to generate an extra amount of income. Her husband is employed, with low salary income. She has four children, including one son and three daughters. She is very motivated to provide them with a beautiful life, with good food and clothing. She has improved her business to meet the day-to-day expenses of life.
This is Parveen's fourth year with Kashf Foundation. She is happily running her business with this support. Now, she has requested a loan of PKR 45,000/- to purchase one more calf and feed for cattle. She expects a boost in her earnings and dreams 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.