Marites is married and a mother of four school-age children. She is 32 years old and lives in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. Marites is a farmer. She plants rice and harvests palay to earn a living. She sells palay and rice grains in local community. She has been doing this for 14 years. She earns approximately PHP 21,000 quarterly from her farm. She has requested a loan of PHP 20,000.00 to pay the labor costs for rice planting and to purchase fertilizers.
Marites has been a member of GDMPC for two years. In the future, Marites hopes to gain more profit and purchase a rice field.
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.