Samra is 26 years old and married. She has one child. She is striving to meet their demands, including food, clothing, and health-related expenses. Her husband is also doing a job of cloth sales but his income is not sufficient to meet the daily expenditures of the family members. Therefore, Samra started her business to contribute in the family income.
She has been in the business of sewing for several years. She is well familiar with stitching techniques. She initiated her business with the support of Kashf foundation; she has taken a loan to expand her business and increase her household income at present. She enjoys a great client list and has gained a lot of appreciation and popularity in her community.
Samra requested a loan of PRK 25,000 to buy a stock of thread of different colors, buttons, and cloth of different designs, etc. Then she would be able to meet the demand of her customers without fail. She hopes to grow her business and dreams of giving a good and quality education to her child through all her hard work in her business.
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.