Thelma P. lives in Gango Ozamiz City. She is 50 years old, married and has six adult-aged children. To make a living, she runs a specialized retail store where she sells noodles, canned goods, eggs, vinegar, shampoo, soap, toothpaste and other items. Thelma has been engaged in this business for more than 15 years and earns approximately 5,000 PHP a month from her work.
In 2009, Thelma joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her life and ability to engage in business. She has successfully repaid a loan for 5,000 PHP from GDMPC, and has applied for a new loan of 7,000 PHP to buy additional products to sell. She plans to use the additional revenue generated by her business to improve her family's life.
About GDMPC: GDMPC is one of the most progressive cooperatives in Mindanao, Philippines. It has four branches and three units 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.