Isabelita is from Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. She is 45 years old, married and has 5 grown children. To make a living, she owns and operates a retail store at home. Isabelita has been operating the business for one year already. In that short time of operation, she usually earns 2,000 PHP a month.
Isabelita is one of GDMPC's members joining this year. She has applied for a loan of 40,000 PHP from the cooperative to purchase several grocery items to sell, such as soft drinks, salable liquor items and more. Isabelita hopes to lay aside part of her earnings for store improvement and business expansion.
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.