Razia, age 49, is a married woman. She has been involved in a business of manufacturing shoes for many years, with the support of her husband, also shown in the photo. They have become famous in their town for providing the best quality shoes; they earn a sufficient amount of income to bear their household expenditures.
She is the mother of seven children, is an energetic person, and eager to support her family. She is liable to fulfill the basic necessities of her children, including food, health and education.
It’s her seventh year with Kashf Foundation; currently she requested a loan of Rs.55,000 to buy additional material for shoes including leather, artificial leather, plastic soles, etc.
In this way they can handle the growing demand of their shoes in the market and hence can better support their family.
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.