Grace is a 28-year-old married mother of an infant. She lives in Calabayan, Ozamis City. Grace has been sewing for three years, earning a monthly income of PHP 4,000, which is fair enough to cover day-to-day expenses.
Grace joined Gata Daku MPC in 2007. She has applied for a loan of PHP 4,500 from the cooperative to buy sewing materials such as textiles and thread. By having all the necessary materials, Grace hopes to create as much output as she can to earn more income. She is also planning to expand her business area and/or to buy another set of sewing machines.
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.