Jessel is from Clarin, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. She is 36 years old and is married with 3 children. Jessel operates a specialized retail store as a source of income. For 5 years, Jessel has run this store and gets 5,000 PHP monthly. Last year, 2011, Jessel joined GDMPC. She has applied for a loan of 10,000 PHP to purchase more shampoo, soaps, and other items to sell. Jessel hopes to get adequate income from this investment so she can sustain her family's daily needs.
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.