Kashf Foun­da­tion hon­ors ex­cep­tional women en­trepreneurs

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL - Staff Re­porter

Real so­cio-eco­nomic change in Pak­istan can be­come a re­al­ity only when eco­nomic devel­op­ment amongst women in the coun­try is pro­moted. Grass-root level change in at­ti­tudes to­wards women's eco­nomic rights be­comes a key vari­able. Change then be­comes pos­si­ble through the con­cen­trated ef­forts of in­nu­mer­able agents and stake­hold­ers amongst var­ied seg­ments of Pak­istan's so­ci­ety.

Th­ese sen­ti­ments were shared by Roshaneh Za­far, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Kashf Foun­da­tion at Kashf's awards cer­e­mony, ti­tled Kashf En­trepreneurs Award 2013. This event, or­ga­nized by Kashf Foun­da­tion, cel­e­brated the achieve­ments of fe­male en­trepreneurs and hon­ored the ef­forts and in­no­va­tions of its ex­cep­tional women clients who have played a vi­tal role in cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for other low-in­come women in their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

Kashf Foun­da­tion ded­i­cated In­ter­na­tional Women's Day to hon­or­ing th­ese women, women who had not only changed their own lives, but also acted as flag-bear­ers of change for other women like them. Th­ese awards were given by the chief guest of the cer­e­mony, Mueen Afzal, Chair­man Board of Direc­tors, Kashf Foun­da­tion.

"The fu­ture of Pak­istan lies in the em­pow­er­ment of its women. If th­ese women are given ad­e­quate eco­nomic and so­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties, then a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in Pak­istan's so­cio-eco­nomic land­scape be­comes in­evitable." Th­ese were the thoughts ex­pressed by Mr. Mueen Afzal in his ad­dress at the event. He fur­ther lauded the key role that the mi­cro­fi­nance in­dus­try in Pak­istan is play­ing in help­ing low-in­come house­holds, par­tic­u­larly women, through cap­i­tal sup­port and train­ing and devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Kam­ran Azim, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, Kashf foun­da­tion, high­lighted the Foun­da­tion's achieve­ments over the past decade and a half, shar­ing the Foun­da­tion's outreach, which spans across 31 dis­tricts and 167 branches; Kashf Foun­da­tion has touched the lives of over 1.2 mil­lion ben­e­fi­cia­ries, com­pris­ing of women, men and their fam­i­lies.

This event was at­tended by Kashf Foun­da­tion's clients, Kashf staff, and in­nu­mer­able rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous sec­tors of so­ci­ety.

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