Elita L. is from the village of Rizal Jimenez, Misamis Occidental. She is 50 years old. Elita is married and has three grown children. To make a living, Elita owns and operates a specialized retail store, selling fruits and vegetables in the market. Elita has been engaged in her business for over 15 years and earns approximately 5,000 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2010, Elita joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Elita is requesting a loan of 10,000 PHP, which will be used as additional capital for her business. This loan will be the first loan taken out by Elita from GDMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.
GDMPC is one of the most progressive cooperatives in Mindanao, Philippines. It has four branches and three offices covering the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental. Its membership is composed mostly of farmers, fisherfolks 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.