Mely is a married woman with two children. She is 39 years old and resides at San Carlos, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines.
Mely owns and operates a general store, selling a variety of different products to earn a living. She has been in this business for seven years. Each month, she earns PHP 3,000 doing this type of business. She requested a loan of PHP 7,000 to purchase additional products to sell.
In 2011, Mely joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her business and living situation. In the future, she wants to build a house and to finish the studies of her children.
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.