Ruby is married and the mother of three children. She is 44 years old and lives in the village of Dela Paz in Clarin, Misamis Occidental Province in the Philippines. Ruby makes and sells suman (rice cakes) to earn a living, and she had this business for 4 years. She earns 5,500 PHP each month. She has requested a loan of 10,000 PHP from GDMPC to purchase the raw ingredients needed to make suman. In the future, she hopes to expand her business.
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.