Estrellieta C. is from the village of Sta.Cruz, Jimenz, Misamis Occidental. She is 69 years old. Estrellieta is widowed and has two adult children. To make a living, Estrellieta owns & operates a general store selling both food & daily use products in the local community. Estrellieta has been engaged in her business for over 43 years and earns approximately 3,000 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2009, Estrellieta joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Estrellieta has successfully repaid a previous loan of 6,000 PHP from GDMPC. Estrellieta is requesting a new loan of 13,000 PHP to purchase rice and corn grits to sell. This loan will be the second loan taken out by Estrellieta from GDMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.
GDMPC is one of the most progressive cooperatives in Mindanao, Philippines. It has seven branches 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.