Mary Jean is 47 years old and separated from her husband. She is from Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur. She has four school-aged children. She is motivated to go into business so she can generate income.
Mary Jean is in a retail business. She owns and operates a specialized retail store locally known as a "sari-sari store" (similar to a convenience store), where she sells a variety of products in the local community. She has been in this business for about five years and she earns approximately 3,500 PHP each month.
Currently, she went to GDMPC to request a loan in the amount of 10,000 pesos to purchase supplementary goods to sell. Mary Jean has a great plan for her family: she wants her children to finish college someday, so she saves a portion of her income for the education of her children.
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.