Elvira is 39 years old, single and lives in Clarin, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. She is a mother of five children. She grows bananas to earn a living and earns a total of PHP 3,000 a month from this work. She has been engaged in this activity for two years already. Elvira has requested a loan of PHP 25,000 from GDMPC to pay for the land preparation and planting costs. She has been a member of GDMPC for almost a year. Elvira hopes to reap more from her investment and expand the cultivated area.
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.