Bashirian is a 44-year-old married woman and the mother of five children. She is trying hard to fulfill their demands, including food, health, clothing, and education. She is in the business of selling vegetables with the support of her husband who purchases stock of vegetables from the market for her to sell to the people of her community. Through this, she earns a good amount of income to support household expenditures. In order to grow her sales, she has requested a loan of 50,000 PKR through Kashf Foundation. She intends to use this loan amount to purchase sacks of potatoes, gingers and onions. She expects this to boost her earnings and profits.
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.