Melinda B. is from the village of Gata Diot Clarin Misamis Occidental. She is 51 years old, married, and has 3 adult-aged children. Melinda owns and operates a transportation business which provides tricycle transport like "habal-habal" (sa motorcycle with an extended seat that carries 2-6 passengers) services. Melinda has been engaged in her business for over 2 years.
In 2010, Melinda joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Melinda is requesting a new loan of 20,000 PHP which will be used to repair her existing vehicle for better service. This loan will be the first loan taken out by Melinda 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.