Tasleem is 31 years old, married, and the mother of four children. She is quite a motivated and committed woman. She has been running a business selling animals with the help of her husband for many years. Presently she has two cows. She looks after the cattle and then her husband sells them out in different markets for a reasonable profit. She has gradually improved her business with the support of Kashf Foundation. Currently she is in her third loan cycle and has applied for a loan of PKR 40,000. With this loan amount she will be able to purchase more animals. She is expecting to boost her earnings and dreams of expanding her business in the future.
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.