Abelito is a 29-year-old resident of Tonggo, Tudela. Abelito supports his family's needs with the little amount of 3,100 Philippine pesos (PHP) that he makes monthly from his gardening business. He has been in this business for two years. However, this year he's been a member of GDMPC, and he applied for a loan of 10,000 PHP to purchase additional seeds, seedlings and young plants to raise. Abelito wants to expand his business one day.
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.