Shagufta, age 41, is running a food stall in her street with the support of her husband. She makes delicious "gol gappy," a popular street food in Pakistan. It consists of a round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of flavored water ("pani"), tamarind chutney, potato, onion and chickpeas. It is generally small enough to fit completely into one's mouth.
Shagufta has worked hard to gain popularity and recognition within her town. Today, she is successful in consistently making sales and earning healthy revenue from the business. In order to increase her sales, she needs to purchase packs of flour, oil, salt and spices. For this reason, she applied for a loan of 60,000 PKR from Kashf Foundation. She is in her 8th loan cycle with a good repayment history. She wishes to spend part of her revenue on expanding her business.
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.