Estella is from Gata Daku, Clarin, Misamis Occidental. She is 60 years old, married and has four children. Estella owns and operates a banana production business. She has been engaged in her business for 13 years and earns 10,000 PHP a month. In 2004, Estella joined GDMPC. Estella is requesting a loan of 42,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase fertilizer such as manure. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of her 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.