Helen, 46 years old, is a widow who has 5 children. She is from Langub, Calamba, and has been farming for 5 years. Helen's main source of income comes from planting and harvesting rice for sale, and she earns PHP 3,000 a month. Helen recently joined GDMPC. She is requesting a loan of PHP 4,000 to purchase fertilizers such as manure. Helen plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve her family's general 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.