Merlyn is married with nine children. She is 50 years old and lives in Gata Daku, Clarin, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. Merlyn owns and operates a plot of farmland, planting bananas to earn a living. She has been in this business for 30 years and earns 4,000 PHP each month.
Merlyn has requested a loan of 5,000 PHP to purchase farm chemicals. She has been a member of Kiva's partner, GDMPC, for a year. In the future, Merlyn's plan is to save her profits in order to buy a car.
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.