Aziz Fatima is a 51-year-old married woman. She has been running a business selling animals for many years with the help of her husband. She buys animals, such as baby goats, heifers and calves at low prices. After bringing them up for a year or two, she sells them near the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha (a religious event in Muslims countries). She has gradually improved her business with the support of Kashf foundation. Currently she requested a loan of Rs. 40,000 to purchase two more heifers. She is in her 3rd loan cycle with a good repayment history. She hopes to grow her business and dreams of expanding 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.