Justina is 54 years old and married. She is from Aurora Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. She has two grown children who have helped her in taking care of their crops. They took good care of this corn production activity for two years and she receives PHP 8,000 a month. Although a tiresome and irritating activity, yet, the family managed. In 2008, Justina joined GDMPC. She has requested a loan of PHP 6,000 from the organization to purchase corn fertilizer, and for weeding costs. She hopes for a bountiful harvest and to expand her 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.