Robina, age 37, has been doing a business manufacturing shoes for many years. She is an energetic person and eager to support her family. She is running her business with the support of her husband (also shown in the photo) and makes enough to provide the basic necessities for her four children including food, health and education.
It’s her fifth year with Kashf Foundation; currently she applied for a loan of PKR 40,000 to buy additional material such as leather, artificial leather, plastic soles etc. In this way she can handle the growing demand for her shoes in the market. She wishes to spend part of the revenues on providing a better standard of living to 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.