Rukhsana is 41 years old and married. For many years, she has been selling milk. Rukhsana has two buffaloes and sells their milk to many of her neighbors, along with butter and cheese that she makes from the milk. She looks after her buffalos and collects milk on daily basis. Rukhsana makes enough through her business to contribute to her family’s income.
Rukhsana is requesting a 35,000 PKR loan to buy one more buffalo to provide milk for more customers and make huge profits. She hopes to increase her milk production capacity which ultimately helps her to generate more cash.
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.