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Kashf Foundation

Microfinance (Social)

Kashf Foundation (Kashf) is a microfinance institution in Pakistan with a strong emphasis on female empowerment. Its clients are only women and half of its staff is female which is quite remarkable in a country like Pakistan. Kashf focuses on enhancing the role that women can play in improving the economic status of their families by building their entrepreneurship skills through access to business loans. In addition to microfinance activities, Kashf is one of the largest providers of health and life insurances (1.7mln clients) and provides a number of trainings on financial literacy, business development and gender roles/justice to its clients.

In 2016 Kashf was awarded the European Microfinance Award with the theme being ’Microfinance and Access to Education’. Kashf’s programme involves loans to low-cost private schools, along with pedagogical training for teachers to improve teaching practices and specialised school management courses for school owners to improve the school infrastructure and their financial and operational administration. Since 2014, Kashf has worked with approximately 1,000 schools, serving over 150,000 students.

Triodos Microfinance Fund and Triodos Fair Share Fund are the first international lenders to Kashf Foundation.

KEY INDICATORS as of 31 December 2016:

- number of loan clients: 218,138
- average loan amount: EUR 201
- percentage female clients: 100%
- percentage rural clients: 27%
- number of savings clients: -

http://kashf.org/

Microfinance

Whoever you are, and wherever you live in the world, you are likely to want permanent access to financial services. Microfinance banks play a crucial role providing access to finance to an increasing number of people living on low-incomes. We finance microfinance institutions because they help to build inclusive financial sectors, where the majority of people have access to financial services, leading to a sustainable basis for balanced social and economic development.

Address:
Lahore
Pakistan