Shakeela is 46 years old and married, the mother of four children. She is striving hard to meet their needs, including food, clothing, and health.
She started her business of sewing clothes to contribute to the family income. She is well familiar with the stitching techniques and enjoys a great client list.
To cope with the increasing demand of her customers, she has requested a loan of PKR 25,000 to buy a stock of threads in different colors, along with packs of buttons and needles. She expects a boost in her earnings and wishes to spend the part of income on the betterment of her family members.
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.