Virginia is 49 years old, married, and has eight children. She lives in Clarin, Misamis Occidental. She sells fish in the local community to earn a living. She has had her business for more than 10 years and earns 5,000 PHP every month. She has joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services in order to help improve her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. She has requested a loan of 7,000 PHP to purchase fishing equipment, including hooks and nets. 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.