Sayida Razia is a 48-year-old married woman and is running a general store in her community with the support of her husband who is also shown in the photo. They have been doing it together for many years and make enough to meet their daily household expenses. Over time they have become famous due to their good behavior and how they deal with their customers.
To stock their store fully, Sayida Razia has requested a loan of PKR 30,000 to buy rice, sugar and flour etc. from the market at lower rates. In this way they will be able to meet the increasing demands of customers consistently. She dreams of providing a quality lifestyle to her family by contributing to the family income.
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.