A loan of $975 helped a member purchase embroidered dresses to sell.


Shamim's Group's story

Shamim, 50, lives in Lahore, known as the heart of Pakistan, with her husband and five daughters in a small two-room house. Her husband works in Marriage Hall as a cleaner, but his income is not sufficient to maintain the family. She also worries about her daughters’ marriages.

Therefore, a few years ago Shamim started her business of cloth selling, an enterprise she has steadily expanded into the cloth market, where she obtains orders and travels to various cities to purchase embroidered dresses such as Multan and Faisalabad. She purchases clothes from these cities because of their cheap rates and good designs.

Shamim earns from Pak Rs. 10,000 to 15,000 on a monthly basis but earns more on occasions such as Eid and marriage functions. She lives with a dream of someday opening her own boutique where she can sell embroidered dresses and get the full profits of selling. Shamim is now requesting a loan from Asasah (a microfinance institute in Pakistan and a partner of Kiva) to purchase more dresses to expand her business.

In this group: Shamim , Rukhsana, Shakila, Shamim
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