Shahnaz is a 34-year-old married woman. She deals in a business selling animals. After raising small animals for a year or two, she sells them to the people of her locality. She is very experienced in her work, and earns a good amount of money to contribute to the family income. She has six children. She is very motivated to provide them a beautiful life with a good education, food, and clothing. She has improved her business to meet day to day expenses of life. It’s her sixth year with Kashf Foundation; she is happily running her business through support of it.
Now she requested for a loan of 40,000 PKR to purchase more animals. She is in her sixth loan cycle with a good repayment 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.