Iqbal has expertise in hand embroidery and is using her skill to provide for her family for many years. She is proud to be well-known in her community as the best at making beautiful patterns with thread and beads.
She has been using loans from the Kashf Foundation to improve her business. Now she has requested another loan worth 40,000 PKR to purchase bundles of cloth in many colors.
She says that the women in her community are becoming more demanding over time and satisfying them is her challenge. She dreams of providing a prosperous future to her six 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.