Asma is a 33-year-old vigorous lady who has been stitching clothes for many years. She sews for the people of her community and uses her income to support her entire family. However, due to her lack of availability of funds, she is unable to meet the daily demands of her customers. Asma is in her third loan cycle and she has a good credit history.
Asma is requesting a 40,000 PKR loan from the Kashf Foundation to buy more spools of threads in different colors along with the packs of laces, zippers, and buttons. She will use her loan to increase her revenue and generate healthier source of 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.