Arlene owns and operates a small sari-sari store at home and sells assorted food items. She is 39 years old and lives in Carmen Annex, Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. She is married and has three grown children. Arlene has been in this business for over three years. She earns approximately PHP 10,000.00 each month from this business.
Arlene has requested a loan of 10,000 PHP from GDMPC to purchase additional grocery stock and soft drinks to sell. She has been a member of GDMPC for one year. In the future, Arlene hopes to expand her business and earn more income for the education of her children.
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.