Shamim is a 48-year-old, married woman and a mother of three. She has been running a cloth business for the last five years. She purchases a variety of cloths from the main city and then sells them to the people of her vicinity. She has good communication skills and has become famous for selling good quality cloth in her community. Shamim requested a loan of PKR 35,000 from Kashf Foundation to buy a stock of different cloths for the winter season by taking into account the choices and tastes of her customers. In this way, she would be able to earn more income through her greater sales. Shamim hopes to have a good experience with this new loan and wants to grow her business. She dreams of giving a good and quality education to her children through all her hard efforts in her business.
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.