Maristelle A. is from the village of Curvada in Tukuran, Zamboanga Del Sur. She is 29 years old. Maristelle is married and has 2 young children. To make a living, Maristelle owns and operates a specialized retail store where she sells sugar, coffee, toothpaste, biscuits and candies in the local community. Maristelle has been engaged in her business for over 5 years and earns approximately 5000 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2009, Maristelle joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Maristelle has successfully repaid a previous loan of 10000 PHP from GDMPC. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional products to sell. Maristelle is requesting a new loan of 10000 PHP to expand her business. This will be Maristelle's second loan from GDMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve her family's living conditions.
GDMPC is one of the most progressive cooperatives in Mindanao, Philippines.
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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.