Suriya has successfully built her business selling milk with the support of Kashf Foundation and Kiva. She has a good number of customers and makes a good income which supplements the family's income.
Previously, with Kiva's help, she was able to expand her business. She is in her 8th loan cycle and has applied for a loan of 50,000 PKR to purchase another cow. This will enable her to increase her milk sales to more cities and earn more profit.
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.