Arben's main source of income comes from his corn and coconut production business. He is 29 years old and married with one child. He is from Poblacion, Bonifacio and has been seven years in farming, earning an amount of 3,200 PHP a month.
In 2011, Arben joined GDMPC. Arben is requesting a loan of 7,000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional seeds and farm chemicals. He plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of his 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.