Perla is 50 years old and widowed with three children. She lives in Clarin, Misamis Occidental. For over ten years, she has owned and managed a business selling a local coconut leaf dish to earn a living; she earns 1,800 PHP every month.
Perla joined GDMPC in 2010, and she is requesting a loan of 7,000 PHP to purchase raw materials needed to make her food products. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of her 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.