At the age of 35, Shazia is continually providing income to her family members. Some years ago she started her business selling bedsheets in her locality. She offers a variety of bedsheets and covers of good quality. By this time she has retained a good number of buyers. She is a motivated mother of five children. She needs to provide them with a quality life. In order to expand her business, she has availed herself of her sixth loan of 45,000 PKR. It will help her to buy good quality bedsheets in different colors and designs. She expects a boost in her earnings and wishes to provide a better standard of living for her family members.
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.