Elmie, from Segatic Daku, Clarin, Misamis Occidental, is 23 years old and single. To make a living, for the past two years Elmie has owned and operated a business selling food, especially buko salad, earning 10,000 PHP a month. In 2011, Elmie joined GDMPC and is now requesting a loan of 20,000 PHP to purchase vehicle spare parts and accessories for his business. He plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of his 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.