Ms. Abida is 40 years old and a married woman. She has been handling a business of crockery sales with her husband. Abida is an active lady and has great potential for growth. Both are doing it together for the sake of their four children. They need to fulfill their demands including food, clothing and education.
Abida has retained many regular customers and makes enough to lead a decent life. She has gradually improved her business with the support of Kashf Foundation. She has been in association with Kashf since five years. Currently she has applied for a loan of Rs. 40,000 to purchase more variety of plates, dinner sets, glasses and bowls in different sizes. She is hopeful to earn more profit through her large sales. She wishes to spend part of her revenue on providing quality education for her children.
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.