Sumaira is a 32-year-old married woman and a mother of three children. She has been in the tailoring business for 10 years to support her husband. She accepted the fact that if her husband works alone for their family, they will not be able to meet the household expenses and the educational needs of the children. So, she started tailoring at home to support her family.
Together with her husband, she manages the household while operating a business. At this time, Sumaira is working hard to continually provide income for their everyday expenses.
She requested a loan of 40,000 PKR to purchase more spools of thread, packs of buttons, and laces in different colors. With the loan, she will then be able to meet the increasing demand. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community.
Sumaira hopes to grow her business and dreams of giving a good quality education to her children through all her hard work 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.