Rasel is 31 years old, single, and the mother of a child. She lives in Cabgan, Tambulig, where she has earned a living for the past 10 years by selling home and used products. She makes PHP 20,000 a month, and she is applying for a loan of PHP 45,000 to purchase additional products like canned goods, noodles, sugar, and coffee. She joined GDMPC in 2008 as a way to improve her family's living conditions.
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.