Maria Belen is 50 years old and lives in Macabayao, Jimenez, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. She is a married woman. Maria Belen has a gardening business as her source of income. Maria Belen earns 3,000 Philippine pesos (PHP) every month doing this business. She has been engaged in this business for two years. Maria Belen requested a loan of 7,000 PHP from GDMPC to purchase additional seeds, seedlings, and young crops to raise. In 2011, Maria Belen became a member of GDMPC. In the future, Maria Belen hopes to expand and improve 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.