Marites is married and a mother of two school-age children. She is 33 years old and lives in Calamba, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. Marites is a farmer. She grows and harvests pineapples to earn a living. She sells pineapples by bulk and at retail. She has been doing this for two years. She earns PHP 40,000 twice a year in this work. She has requested a loan of PHP 5,000 from GDMPC to pay the labor costs for soil harrowing (cultivation) and to purchase fertilizers.
Marites has been a member of GDMPC for three months. In the future, Marites hopes to purchase a hectare of land and continue her production to gain more income.
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.