Zahida, a 56-year-old married woman, runs a small boutique at home to provide for her family. She purchases cloth from the market at low prices, sewing and then selling her products to the people of her locality. She always has a great product selection to offer, and she earns a good income that contributes to her family's well-being.
For the improvement of her business, Zahida has requested a loan of 40,000 PKR to buy a greater variety of cloth and spools of thread in various colors. These purchases will allow her to fulfill the demands of her customers on time. With a good credit history, this will be Zahida's sixth loan.
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.