Marites, 33, is married and the mother of four children. She lives in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. Marites plants rice and harvests it to sell to earn a living. She's doing this for 15 years. She earns 19,000 PHP quarterly from her farm. She has requested a loan of 20,000 PHP to purchase fertilizer and seedlings for the next cropping. Marites been a member of GDMPC since 2011 In the future, Marites hopes to gain more profit and purchase a rice field.
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.