Lilia A. is from the village of Lower Tiparak, Tambulig Zamboanga Del Sur. She is 48 years old. Lilia is married and has 7 school-aged children. To make a living, Lilia owns & operates a business venture in the agriculture sector raising crops. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes primarily from planting & harvesting a variety of vegetables for sale like "kangkong," eggplant, okra and etc., in the local community. Lilia has been engaged in her business for over 10 years and earns approximately 7000 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2010, Lilia joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Lilia has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5000 PHP from GDMPC. This previous loan was used to to purchase fertilizers such as manure. Lilia is requesting a new loan of 7000 PHP which will be used to purchase fertilizers such as manure. This loan will be the second loan taken out by Lilia from GDMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of the borrower's family.
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.