Jhona is 24 years old, single and lives in Calamba. Her family helps her in taking care of their bananas. They have been raising bananas for two years and earn 7,000 Philippine pesos (PHP) a month. In 2010, Jhona joined GDMPC. She has requested a loan of 15,000 PHP to purchase fertilizer and pay for weeding. She hopes for a bountiful harvest and to expand her cultivated area.
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.