Naseem, age 40, is a married woman. In order to support her husband in taking care of the family, she began a milk selling business. Naseem is known in her town for providing quality milk from her 2 buffaloes, and is happily supporting her family with the income generated.
Naseem is in her 7th loan cycle and has requested a loan of 60,000 PKR to purchase another buffalo. She is hopeful that increased milk production will help her generate more income.
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.