Zahida is 37 years old; she has been working from home as a tailor for many years, and is proud to be contributing to her household income.
When she was not working, her family was going through a severe financial crisis which compelled her to use her sewing skills in a productive manner. Her husband was the sole bread winner of the family; due to limited resources, none of their four children were sent to school. Zahida felt obligated to change her family’s living standards, and started working from home.
She is a brave woman, and her hard work helped her establish a good clientele, but now she is having difficulty in fulfilling large orders.
Zahida has now requesting a loan for PKR 25,000; it will be used to purchase a new sewing machine, with some spools of thread in different colors.
She dreams of providing a good and standard lifestyle to her family.
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.