Francisco is 62-years-old and married with four children. He lives in Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur. He operates a service of recycling native leaves to make baskets, mats, etc. to earn a living. He has been with this business for over eight years and earns PHP 5,000 to purchase raw materials. He plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of his family.
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.