Maris Stella is from Sto. Niño, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur. She is 25 years old, married and has two children.
She owns and operates a specialized retail store, selling daily-use products to the local community. She has been engaged in this business for six years and earns 10,000 PHP a month.
In 2008, Maris Stella joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. Maris Stella is requesting a new loan of 35,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase new items in order to expand her product offering.
She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve and expand her business.
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.