Oldalia is from Segatic Daku Clarin, Misamis Occidental. She is 38 years old. Oldalia is married and has five school-aged children. To make a living, Oldalia owns and operates a charcoal sale business venture. Oldalia has been engaged in her business for 5 years and earns approximately 10,000 PHP a month from these activities. In 2010, Oldalia joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Oldalia is requesting a new loan of 35,000 PHP which will be used to purchase coconut shells for charcoal making. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of her family.
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.