Maria Nena is from Clarin, Misamis Occidental. She is 51 years old, and married with two children. Maria Nena owns and operates a furniture-making business. She has had her business for three years from which she earns 8,000 PHP a month. In 2012, Maria Nena joined GDMPC. She is now requesting a loan of 40,000 PHP which she will use to purchase raw materials to manufacture new products and pay for labor costs. She 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.