Ms. Sureyya is a 46-year-old married woman. Life is hard for her as her husband is not in good enough shape to be employed. She is a courageous lady and didn’t lose hope. She started her business with the support of the Kashf Foundation by purchasing a buffalo. She now has 5 cows and a good milk-selling business. She has a lot of clients.
She has gradually improved her business with the support of the Kashf Foundation. She is in her fourth loan cycle and requested a loan of Rs 30,000 to buy one more cow to meet the increasing demands of her clients. She intends to utilize the profits for the treatment of her husband.
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.