Elma Marpi is a married woman with four children. Elma Marpi is forty-eight years old, and resides in Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. Elma Marpi owns and operates a general store, selling a variety of different products to earn a living. She's been in this business for four years and earns PHP 3,000 a month from it.
She requested a loan of PHP 10,000 to purchase new items such as cigaretes, candies, milo, shampoo, soaps etc. In 2011, Elma Marpi joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her business and living situation. In the future, Elma Marpi wants to build house and to support her children to finish their studies.
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.