Ms. Shahida is a 26-year-old married woman and a mother of three children. She is trying hard to fulfill their demands including food, health, clothing, and education. She with her husband is doing work of agriculture for the past six years. The man shown in the photo is Shahida's husband. They crop different vegetables and fruits and sell them in the local market. She has gradually improved her business with the support of Kashf Foundation. In order to purchase different types of seeds with the packs of insecticides and pesticides, Shahida applied a loan of Rs. 30,000. This will help her to grow more crops, which will ultimately help in generating more cash. She is in her 2nd loan cycle and has a good repayment history; she is thankful to Kashf for its tremendous support.
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.