Norus is a 38 year old married woman and a mother of three. She has been successfully running a small general store with her husband on the corner of there house. She has 2 years of experience in this field. Her husband also assists her by purchasing stock from the market as he has maintained many contacts over the years. She wants to grow her business so she requested a loan of Rs. 35,000 to buy packs of salt, sugar and beverages. It will help her to meet the demands of her customers. She is hopeful to get a boost in her earnings and dreams of expanding her business in the future.
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.