A loan of $775 helped a member to buy unstitched clothes and embroidery materials for her husband's embroidery business.


Shahnaz Khalid Farooq's Group's story

Shahnaz lives in the small city of Okara, which is located in Punjab, Pakistan. She lives with her family in a two-roomed brick house in the area called Mehboob town. She is 30 years old and married to K. F. who has an embroidery business. He has a shop in the market from where he operates his business and offers hand embroidery and machine embroidery to his customers. He has a good reputation in his area for the quality of his work. Shahnaz is also involved in the embroidery business. She works on orders that she receives from customers in her neighborhood. She has a good number of customers and receives regular orders from them. She uses her income to pay utility bills and her children’s education fees.

Shahnaz is the mother of three children: two sons and a daughter. The first two children are enrolled in school and receiving an education while her youngest son is only three years old and has not started school yet.

Shahnaz has applied for a loan from Kiva partner, Asasah, to help her husband in his business. With the loan, he will buy unstitched clothes and embroidery materials such as beads, colored thread and patterns to offer a better service to his customers and to fulfill larger orders on time. He has been in this business for over 20 years and Shahnaz is hopeful that an investment will bring good changes in her husband’s business and increase his monthly income. She is a new loan applicant of Asasah and this is her first loan application. She hopes that it will be a profitable experience for her.

Note: In the photo, the lady with the book (an Asasah Passbook) is Shahnaz.

In this group: Shahnaz , Farkhana Kosar, Nasira Kanwal, Shazia , Kaniz Fatima
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