Merha May S. is from the village of Gata Daku Clarin Misamis Occidental. She is 26 years old. Merha May is married and has 2 school-aged children. To make a living, Merha May owns & operates a business venture in the services sector operating transportation services. While not the only means for generating revenue, the main source of income for the business comes primarily from operating motor transport services. Merha May has been engaged in her business for over 2 years and earns approximately 30000 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2008, Merha May joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Merha May has successfully repaid a previous loan from GDMPC. Merha May is requesting a new loan of 50000 PHP which will be used to repair her motorcycle to provide better service. This loan will be the sixth loan taken out by Merha May 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.