Bensie, 36, and married, is from Rizal, Jimenez. Bensie runs a general store, selling a variety of food and home-use products in the local community. Bensie has been in business for six years and earns 8,000 PHP a month. Bensie is requesting a loan of 10,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase new items to expand her product offerings. This year, Bensie joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her business and living situation. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the loan to save as a reserve for future emergencies.
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.