Elvie T. is from the village of Camanga, Tukuran Zamboanga Del Sur. She is 34 years old. Elvie is married and has 5 school-aged children. To make a living, Elvie owns and operates a specialized retail store. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes primarily from selling daily use products such as some food for snacks, sardines, candies, shampoo, soap & toothpaste, in the local community. Elvie has been engaged in her business for over 4 years and earns approximately 7,000 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2009, Elvie joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Elvie has successfully repaid a previous loan of 7,000 PHP from GDMPC. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional products to sell. Elvie is requesting a new loan of 7,000 PHP, which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This loan will be the third loan taken out by Elvie from GDMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of her 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.