Arlene is 42 years old. She is from Clarin, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. She is married with two grown children. Operating a retail store is the family's source of living. That was 20 years ago when she began handling the business. Arlene normally makes a monthly income of PHP 10,000.00 from the store operations.
Earlier this year, Arlene joined GDMPC. She has applied for a loan worth PHP 15,000.00 from the organization. The money will be used to purchase grocery or daily use commodities to sell. Arlene hopes to extend the managed business area and offer more of swine foods which highly indicates its growing demands of the place.
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.