Shirley P. is from the village of Poblacion, Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur. She is 50 years old, married and has one school-aged child. To make a living, Shirley owns and operates a specialized retail store. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes from selling motorcycle spare parts and accessories in the local community. Shirley has been engaged in her business for over five years and earns approximately 8,000 PHP a month from these activities.
In 2009, Shirley 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 which was used to purchase additional products to sell. Shirley is requesting a new loan of 10,000 PHP which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This will be the fifth loan she has taken out from GDMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve her family's general living conditions.
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.