Ely is a widow with 5 children. She is 54 years old and lives in Dapacan Alto, Calamba, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. Ely owns and operates a plot of farmland, planting bananas and root crops to earn a living. She has been in this business for 8 years and earns PHP 6,000 each month. She requested a loan of PHP 10,000 to purchase farm chemicals. Ely has been a member of Kiva's partner, GDMPC, since 2008. In the future, Ely's plan is to save her returns in order to buy a house.
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.