Roque is 57 years old, widowed, and has 6 children. He lives in Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur. To earn a living, he manages a fishing business in the local community. He has been in his business for over 6 years and earns 9,000 PHP every month. He joined GDMPC in the year 2010, and he has requested a loan of 10,000 PHP to purchase fishing equipment, including hooks and nets. 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.