At the age of 24, Shumaila is an energetic married woman. She has been doing a business of flower-making for three years. It’s been a passion for her. She knows the method of making beautiful flowers from fabric, paper and other materials. She also arranges handmade wedding garlands for brides and grooms, and makes flowers out of every material she find suitable. The immense experience in the art of flower making has lent her great versatility in making flower to meet her clients' needs. It’s her fourth year with Kashf Foundation and for the improvement of her business she requires a loan of Rs. 40,000/- to buy the additional materials required for making artificial flowers, such as fabric, tissue papers with packs of floral tape, scissors and paints. It will help her to inflate her sales, which ultimately will help in generating more income for her.
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.