Merly is 54 years old, married and the mother of seven children. She lives in Gango, Ozamis City where she has earned a living for the last six years by running a general store. She earns 8,000 PHP a month and has been a member of GDMPC since 2008. She is requesting a loan for 15,000 PHP to buy more items such as candies, milo (a brand of malted milk), shampoo, soaps and other items to sell to her customers. She plans to use the additional revenue she earns from this loan 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.