Virginia is 60 years old and widowed with three children. She lives in Calamba, Misamis Occidental. She owns and operates a business of making nipa hut (native roofs) for sale in the local community to earn a living. She has been in her business for over 10 years and earns 6,000 PHP (Philippines pesos). She would like to purchase additional materials for making native roofs. 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.