Monina P. is from the village of Poblacion, Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur. She is 50 years old, married and has four adult children. To make a living, Monina 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 clothing products like pants, shirts, etc. in the local community. Monina has been engaged in her business for over 30 years and earns approximately 10,000 PHP a month from these activities.
In 2007, Monina 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 20,000 PHP from GDMPC which was used to purchase additional products to sell. Monina is requesting a new loan of 25,000 PHP which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This will be the seventh 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.