Estrella A. is from the village of Panduma, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur. She is 53 years old, is married, and has one adult child.
Estrella owns and operates a specialized retail store, selling different products such as bread, shampoo, coffee, cooking oil, vinegar, salt, sugar, candies and other items in the local community. She has been engaged in her business for over seven years and earns approximately 10,000 PHP a month.
In 2008, Estrella joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. She has successfully repaid a previous loan of 10,000 PHP from GDMPC. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional products to sell.
Estrella is requesting a new loan of 7,000 PHP which will again be used to purchase additional products to sell. This loan will be her fourth from GDMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of her family.
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.