Bushra is a 45-year-old, married woman and the mother of five children. For many years, she has been running business, manufacturing footballs. She makes balls in different sizes and sells them in her community and in the local market. She has become famous in her town for providing good-quality footballs and she earns enough money to bear the expenses of her family members.
For the improvement of her business, Bushra availed herself of her ninth loan, in the amount of PKR 45,000 (Pakistan rupees). The amount will be used to purchase rubber bladders and leather covers in a large quantity to cater to more customers without delay.
She is hopeful of getting an increase in her sales which, ultimately, will help in generating more cash. She dreams of expanding her business and she desires to use part of profits on the betterment of her family members.
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.