Nehemias is 49 years old, married, and the father of seven children. His wife is a housekeeper and takes care of their children. Nehemias is in a service-based business, providing appliance repairs to local community members. To earn a living, Nehemias repairs television sets, radios and other appliances. He has been in this business for seven years. He earns PHP 2,300 a month from this work. Nehemias has applied for a loan of PHP 5,000 to purchase testing equipment to be used in repairing appliances. Nehemias plans to expand his shop.
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.