Ms. Razia is a married woman. She, along with her husband, is in the business of making jewelry and has been doing this for many years. The man shown in the photo is Razia’s husband. The business has great potential for growth, and Razia is actively helping her husband as this business is the only source of income for them. They have three children, and two of them are school going. The couple wishes to send all of their children to school by increasing their earnings. In order to meet the orders on time and boost their sales, Razia requested a loan of 10,000 PKR to purchase materials such as silver, gold and dozens of artificial gems and pearls. She hopes to increase their net income and wishes to spend a part of their profits on providing quality education for their 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.