Perlita is 35 years old and lives in Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. She is married with three children. For eight years, Perlita has owned and operated a retail store at home selling mostly grocery items like shampoo, noodles, soap, toothpaste, and rice. She earns 7,500 PHP a month from the store along with other sources. She has requested a loan of 8,500 PHP from GDMPC to purchase new items and to expand her product offering. Perlita has been a member of GDMPC since 2007. In the future, Perlita hopes to expand and improve store operations to sustain the day to day needs of the family.
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.