Columba, a widow, is 65 years old and lives in D-Fernan, Bonifacio.
Columba buys and sells fruits like bananas to earn a living. She has been in this business for 13 years and earns PHP 3,000 each month.
She requested a loan of PHP 4,300 to purchase more fruits to sell. Columba been a member of Kiva's partner, GDMPC since 2009. In the future, Columba's plan is to save her returns in order to build a new house.
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.