Estrella is 58 years old, married and the mother of three children. She lives in Catarman, Plaridel, Misamis Occidental, where she has earned a living for the last five years by selling home use products. She makes PHP 5,000 a month and is applying for a loan of PHP 15,000 to purchase additional products like canned goods, noodles, sugar and coffee. She joined GDMPC in 2011 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.