Noor is a 54 year-old married woman who works as a tailor. She has been in this line of work for many years now and is proud to be contributing to her household income. When she was not earning, her family was going through sever financial crisis that compelled her to use her tailoring skills in a productive manner. She felt it obligatory to change her family’s living standards. Over time she has attained a good number of customers. In order to stitch up more dresses on time, she needs to purchase materials such as spools of thread, ribbons, and buttons in different colors. For this reason, she has requested a loan of 30,000 PKR. She is in her second loan cycle with good repayment history.
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.