Laura is married with three children. She is 50 years old and lives in Poblacion, Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental. Laura owns and operates a general store, selling food and daily use products in the local community to earn a living. She has been in this business for more than 20 years and earns PHP 20,000 per month. Laura requested a loan of PHP 50,000 to purchase additional products to sell. Laura has been a member of Kiva's partner, GDMPC, for more than three years and this will be her eighth loan cycle. She plans to use the additional revenue generated to improve/expand her business and finish 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.