Kousar is a 49-year-old married woman. She is a mother of four children and is trying hard to fulfill their needs, including food, healthcare, clothing, and education.
She has been doing a business of sewing gloves for the past eight years. By now she has attained a regular list of customers and makes enough to contribute in the family income. However, due to lack of funds, she is unable to meet the daily demands of her customers. For this reason she applied for a loan of Rs. 40,000 to purchase another sewing machine with the spools of threads and wool in various colors. With this she would be able to meet the demands of her customers without fail.
She hopes to grow her business and dreams of giving a good and quality education to her children 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.