Ma Jelleza is from the village of Cabatuan, Calabayan, Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental. She is 37 years old. Ma Jelleza is married and has 4 school-aged children. To make a living, she is operating a service-based business, providing transportation services to local community members. She has been engaged in her business for 6 years and earns approximately 8,000 PHP a month from these activities.
In 2007, Ma Jelleza joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. She is requesting a new loan of 22,000 PHP which will be used to repair a transport vehicle used in the business. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to pay her children's tuition fees and supplement the family's income.
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.