Ms. Bushra is a 36 year-old married woman and a mother of six. She has been stitching clothes for many years. She believes in contributing to the family income as it’s her duty to provide good food, shelter and education to her children. She is a master in her work of stitching and has retained many regular customers. In order to complete orders on time she applied a loan of Rs. 20000 to purchase a new electronic sewing machine with more spools of threads. She has been in association with Kashf for two years and has shown excellent repayment behavior. She wishes to utilize her earned revenue for the betterment of her family members.
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.