Elvie, age 30, is married and has three children. She is from Mitugas, Tudela, Misamis Occidental. Elvie manages a general store for a living. The work gives her a total monthly income of PHP 4,500. In 2010, she joined GDMPC.
Elvie has requested a loan of PHP 12,000 from the cooperative to purchase additional products like canned goods, noodles, sugar, and coffee for her store. She hopes to use a portion of her earnings for maintenance costs and to expand her current offerings.
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.