Melba is from Clarin, Misamis Occidental. She is 40 years old, married, and has 8 school-aged and adult children. Melba owns and operates a business raising pigs for sale. She has been engaged in her business for over 5 years and earns approximately 1,700 PHP a month. In 2011, Melba joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situations and her ability to engage in business activities. Melba is requesting a new loan of 5,000PHP which will be used to purchase pig feed. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve and 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.