Kashf Foundation

Debt : June 2022

BIO has granted a EUR 9.4 M loan to the Kashf Foundation, a Pakistani microfinance institution.

Amount

€ 9,400,000.00

Type of investment

Debt

Development impacts

  • Local economic growth
  • Private sector consolidation/innovation
  • Financial inclusion
  • Promotion of ESG best practices
  • Gender

Beneficiary locations

Asia: Pakistan

Investment field

Financial Institutions

Activity

KK.64.191  Microfinance institution

Organisation

Kashf Foundation

Domicile

Pakistan

Kashf Foundation is a microfinance institution in operations since 1996. It focuses on gender empowerment and poverty alleviation of low-income households, especially women, in a difficult context. It provides them with microloans, coupled micro-insurances, and trainings. In 2020, the company had a portfolio of USD 108 M, insured 2 M and provided over 35,500 trainings.

Development impacts

  • Local economic growth

    Kashf is focused on supporting underserved microentrepreneurs. The main products are productive loans which provide financings to small business owners in the country.

    Kashf has several initiatives in terms of capacity building that include trainings to build vocational skills, financial management capability and business management acumen.

    Kashf has a network of 325 branch offices and 3,060 employees.

  • Private sector consolidation/innovation

    Highly digitalised MFI compared to close competitors.

    Focused on poor women, providing them with lending and health/life insurance services.

  • Financial inclusion

    Kashf has an active client base of around 500k low-income microentrepreneurs and expects to significantly increase it over the coming years, through an expanding branch network and the development of digital e-wallets.

    Kashf provides individual loans with an average ticket of USD 330 over 12 months (almost) exclusively to women, 60% of which 1st time borrowers.

    Kashf is the leading micro insurance provider in Pakistan with 2 M policyholders (1.25 M health insurances, 868 k life insurances, and 7,912 livestock insurances at the end of 2020).

  • Promotion of ESG best practices

    Certified by the SMART campaign for client protection, Kashf is a key player in the microfinance sector promoting ESG best practices.

  • Gender

    There is a strong gender focus, as shown by the 2X Challenge qualification.

    The Gender Empowerment Advocacy Team counts 6 experienced people which design trainings that are given in the field and in Kashf’s 11 training centres.

    The CEO is a woman and a cofounder.

    70% of the board, 43% of senior management and 41% of middle management are women, as well as 49% of the entire staff.

    Kashf provides 2 weeks of fully paid paternity leave and has on-site childcare facilities in 6 branches.

    99.8% of the clients are female, with 62% of the loans used by purely women-led businesses.

    Services focusing on gender empowerment and social advocacy programs in diverse topics, e.g. creating awareness and advocacy against child marriage, are also provided to women.

Read impact and news about this project

Kashf Foundation raises EUR 9.4M capital

News

Kashf Foundation raises EUR 9.4M capital

02-10-2022

EMGA completes EUR 9.4M capital raise for Kashf Foundation with financing from BIO

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