Maria is a married woman with seven children. Maria is 56 years old and is from Clarin, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. Maria owns and operates farmland, planting and harvesting corn for sale to earn a living. She's been eight years in this business. Each month, she earns 23,500 Philippines pesos (PHP) doing this work. She requested a loan of 25,500 PHP to purchase fertilizer such as manure. In 2008, Maria became a member of GDMPC. In the future, Maria wants to make improvements to her living situation.
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.