Ms. Kaneez is a 34-year-old married woman and a mother of three children. She is motivated to provide all facilities for life to her family. She has been running a general store business with the support of her husband for the past twenty-five years. The man shown in the photo is Kaneez’s husband. They are happily doing it together to meet the needs of their children and have attained a regular list of customers. To make their store fully stocked, Kaneez requested a loan of Rs. 30,000 to purchase rice, flour, and grains. This way they will be able to cater to more customers time after time. She expects a boost in her earnings and wishes to spend part of the profits on 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.