Marilou is 48 years old and married with three children. She lives in Clarin, Misamis Occidental. She owns and operates a banana production farm to earn a living. She has been in business for over five years and earns 15,000 PHP every month. She joined GDMPC in 2008 and now has requested a loan of 20,000 PHP to purchase fertilizer, such as manure. Her hopes and dreams are to have a better future and improve her business every day.
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.