Ms. Robina is a 52-year-old married woman and a mother of four. She sews bedsheets and pillows. The man shown in the photo is Robina’s son who assists his mother in running this business. They have five years of experience in this field and make enough to contribute to the family income. Robina works hard to consistently provide income for their everyday expenses. She has requested a loan of 25,000 PKR to purchase bundles of cloth and spools of thread in different colors. In this way she will be able to meet the increasing demand. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. Robina hopes to grow her business and dreams of giving a good quality education to her children through all her hard work.
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.