Mary is 52 years old and a widow with one child. She lives in Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental. She owns and operates a retail business to earn a living. She has been in her business for over nine years and earns 15,000 PHP every month. She joined GDMPC in 2010 and now she has requested a loan of 20,000 PHP to purchase additional products to sell such as coffee, sugar, canned goods, noodles and eggs. 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.