Akhter is a 42-year-old married woman and the mother of five children. She has been running a flour-grinding business for many years with her husband who is also shown in the photo. She is hard working and loyal. She is on her fifth loan from Kashf Foundation, requesting PKR 45,000 to purchase wheat. In this way, she would be able to earn more income through greater sales. She hopes to have a good experience with this new loan and wants to grow her business. She dreams of providing a quality education for her children through all her hard efforts in her business.
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.