Lydia is 54 years old and married with one child. She lives in Tambulig, Misamis Occidental. To earn a living, she owns a business selling firewood in the local community. She has been with her business for over nine years and earns 4,000 PHP (Philippines pesos) every month.
She has requested a loan of 5,800 PHP to use as additional capital to purchase firewood. 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.