Alizbeth has successfully built her business of parrot sales with the support of Kashf Foundation and Kiva. She has been doing it for many years and has become popular for providing colorful parrots. She counts with a good client list. Previously with the help of a Kiva loan she purchased a variety of parrots to increase her sales. Now she is in her 4th loan cycle and applied a loan of 45,000 PKR. She intends to use this loan amount to purchase different types of parrots such as Australian parrots, macaw and fishers. She expects a boost in her sales 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.