Evangeline D. is from the village of Yahong, Tudela, Misamis Occidental. She is 48 years old. Evangeline is widowed and has four school-aged children. To make a living, Evangeline owns & operates a business venture in the agriculture sector raising crops. The main source of income for the business comes from planting & harvesting a variety of vegetables for sale. Evangeline has been engaged in her business for over three years and earns approximately 12,000 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2008, Evangeline joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Evangeline has successfully repaid a previous loan of 10,000 PHP from GDMPC. Evangeline is requesting a new loan of 15,000 PHP which will be used to purchase fertilizer and to pay for labor cost for farm maintenance. This will be the eighth loan taken out by Evangeline 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, 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.