Elma, 49 years old, a widow and mother of four children, has made a living through fish selling to support their daily needs. For over five years in Maquilao, Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, she has run this type of business. She earns 4,000 a month for these activities. In 2009, Elma joined GDMPC. She is now requesting a loan of 9,800 to purchase fishing equipment, including hooks and nets. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the loan to build a new home for 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.