Robila is a 26-year-old married woman. She is efficiently running an ice cream cart with the support of her husband. Both are working together happily to support their family. Robila is expert in making ice cream at home while her husband assists her by selling it door-to-door in their community. Robila is a mother of one child; she needs to cover the educational expenses along with other expenses. For the expansion of her business she is planning to buy another cart to start the sales from their home as well. Robila contacted Kashf Foundation and applied for a loan of Rs 20,000. She hopes to have a good experience with this new loan.
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.