British International Investment

Kashf Foundation

Boosting female entrepreneurship in Pakistan

Closing the gender finance gap in Pakistan which ranks amongst the lowest in the world for gender equality.


Kashf Foundation is a microfinance institution in Pakistan. We invested $15 million in the business in 2020.

Kashf provides micro-loans to entrepreneurs, with a focus on women-owned businesses. It provides these female entrepreneurs with the finance they need to grow their businesses and improve their livelihoods.

When we first invested in the company in 2020, Kashf had 490,000 customers. Since then, supported by our investment, Kashf has opened 57 new branches and expanded to reach 639,000 customers by the end of 2022.

Meet Sweta, an entrepreneur based in Karachi, Pakistan. Sweta explains how access to finance is enabling her to grow her jewellery business.

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