Noor Ulain is a 19-year-old married woman. Three years ago she started a business of tailoring to support her husband in providing for their family. She accepted the fact that if her husband works alone for their family, they will not be able to meet the expenses of their household. That is why she started tailoring at home to support her family. Currently, she has requested for a loan of 30,000 PKR to purchase more reels of thread, packs of buttons and laces etc. In this way she will be able to meet with the increasing demand. Her regular customers are her neighbors and the local community. She hopes to grow her business by expanding her customer base.
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.