Fifty-nine-year-old Zaharan is happily married with six children. She has been involved in the business of purchasing and selling cattle for many years. She and her husband purchase cattle from their town and sell it in the market in other areas. This business has provided a decent living for her family.
Zaharan has requested a loan of 30,000 PKR to purchase more cattle to resell in other markets. She believes that this loan will help her to further expand her business and generate more income. She dreams of providing a beautiful life, with good health, food and clothing, to her children.
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.