Ms. Nargis is a 31-year-old married woman and a mother of 4. She is a talented lady who excels at sewing and has six years of experience in this field. She knows sewing techniques very well and serves well in her community. Ms. Nargis wants to fulfill the needs of her family through all of her hard work. She has requested a loan of 30,000 PKR to buy a new sewing machine with reels of threads, buttons and zippers in different colors. She requires these items in order to meet increasing demand without delay. With the purchase of this new machine, her daughter will be able to assist her in completing orders on time. She dreams of her children's bright future and desires to build her own house, as she is currently living in a rented house with her family.
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.