Manuel is 56 years old and married, residing in Tabuan, Tukuran, Zamboanga Del Sur, Philippines. Manuel plants, harvests and sells rice for a living and has been in this business for 15 years. Each month, he earns 10,000 PHP from this business. He requested a loan of 18,000 PHP to pay labor costs for land plowing. In 2010, Manuel joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve his business and living situation. In the future, Manuel wants to have a reserve fund for future emergencies and to purchase more farmland.
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.