Nasreen, age 47, is a married woman. With the support of her husband, three years ago she started selling plastic crockery items such as plates, bowls, and baskets. As her customers are satisfied with the quality of their goods, their demand is increasing day by day. For this reason, Nasreen applied a loan of 45,000 PKR to purchase more items such as bowls, glasses, plates, and baskets. This will help to grow her sales and profits.
Nasreen is a mother of six. She dreams of providing quality education to her children for their prosperous future. She is in her 7th loan cycle with good credit history.
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.