Elvira is 47 years old, married, and has four children. She lives in Clarin, Misamis Occidental. To earn a living, she owns and operates a business raising pigs, which she sells in the local community. She has had her business for more than five years and earns 10,000 PHP every month. She joined GDMPC in 2009, and now she has requested a loan of 12,500 PHP to purchase feed for her pigs. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of her 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.