Vergenia Y. is from the village of Poblacion 2, Clarin, Misamis Occidental. She is 46 years old. Vergenia is married and has one school-aged child. To make a living, she owns and operates a business venture in the agriculture sector, cultivating fruit trees and harvesting their fruit to sell. She has been engaged in her business for over four years and earns approximately $940 a month for these activities.
In 2004, Vergenia joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. She has successfully repaid a previous loan of 50,000 PHP from GDMPC.
Vergenia is requesting a new loan of 50,000 PHP which will be used to purchase fertilizers such as manure and to pay for the labor cost of farm maintenance. This will be her 19th loan 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 seven branches 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.