Roshaneh Zafar

Roshaneh Zafar is a development activist in Pakistan, working in the field of women's economic empowerment. She set up the first specialized microfinance organization in Pakistan, the Kashf Foundation.

Roshaneh Zafar founded the Kashf Foundation in 1996, and serves as its Managing Director. Prior to establishing the foundation, she worked with the World Bank in Islamabad for several years. Roshaneh Zafar was one of the first Ashoka Fellows in Pakistan and has been a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur since 2004. Roshaneh has also been awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, one of Pakistan s highest civilian awards, by the President of Pakistan for her work in the field of development and women s empowerment and was also awarded the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2007.

Posts by Roshaneh Zafar

External Framework and the Impact of the Financial Crisis

In this video Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director of Kashf Foundation, Pakistan speaks about the opportunities and challenges for microfinance in Pakistan. In the context of Pakistan, Roshaneh talks about the strong infrastructure, excellent legislation and a wide network that gives boost to microfinance in the country. She further explain the different business model for clients […]

Using Technology for better Client Service and Deposits Mobilisation

In this video Roshaneh Zafar, Managing Director of Kashf Foundation, Pakistan speaks about the implementation of the deposit mobilisation strategy that Kashf has put into place. She explains the important role of technology and m-banking in microfinance and how Kashf has employed technological innovations for the benefit of their clients. She further talks about the […]

Reaching Cients and Mobilising Deposits

In this video Roshaneh Zafar Managing Director of Kashf Foundation and the founder of Kashf Bank, one of the leaders of microfinance in Pakistan, speaks about the challenges of reaching out to the female borrowers in one of most challenging markets in the world. She speaks on the importance of mobilising deposits from microfinance customers […]