Mary Grace P. is from the village of Capucao, Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental. She is 29 years old, is married, and has six school-aged children.
Mary Grace owns and operates a business raising crops, primarily planting and harvesting cassava for sale. She has been engaged in her business for over fourteen years and earns approximately 3,500 PHP a month.
Mary Grace joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. She is requesting a loan of 20,000 PHP which will be used to purchase fertilizers. This loan will be her first from GDMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve and expand her business.
GDMPC is one of the most progressive cooperatives in Mindanao, Philippines. It has four branches and three unit offices covering the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental. Its membership is composed mostly of farmers, fisherfolk and small entrepreneurs.
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Gata Daku Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GDMPC) was founded in 1992 by 32 farmer-members to empower people by providing livelihood opportunities and other support services. Today, it has over 15,000 members located in upland, lowland and coastal regions of the Philippines, and offers credit, savings, education, and various social services.