Norma is a 60-year-old married woman. She lives in Cabalayan, Ozamis City, Philippines.
Norma plants, harvests. and sells bananas for a living. She has been in the business for 20 years and earns 5,000 a month. She has requested a loan of 20,000 which will be used to purchase fertilizers such as manure.
In 2007, Norma joined GDMPC to seek assistance to improve her business. She hopes to improve their living condition and to put aside a reserve for future emergencies.
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.