Tessie is a 34-year-old married mother of three children. She is living in Capucao, Ozamis City, where she cultivates coconuts. She has been farming this land for six years and normally earns PHP 15,000 a month. Earlier this year, Tessie joined GDMPC. She is requesting a loan of PHP 25,000 to pay farm maintenance costs. When the crop is harvested, she will use the extra revenue from the loan to expand the planting area to earn more income and to help meet her 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.