Celestina is 49 years old and is from Calaran, Calamba. She is married and blessed with 3 children. Celestina is working as chief baker to help the family to earn for a living. She has been in this business for 5 years and earns about 10,000 Philippine Pesos (PHP) per month. In 2012, Celestina joined GDMPC. She requested a loan in the amount of 20,000 PHP to purchase new baking equipment & tools to expand the business. Celestina plans to invest the income generated from her loan in the studies of her children.
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.