Maria is 50 years old and is married with four children. She lives in Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental in the Philippines. She owns and operates a farm, which cultivates bananas, to earn a living. She has been in her business for over nine years and earns 50,000 PHP every month.
She joined GDMPC in 2010 and now has requested a loan of 60,000 PHP to purchase chemicals and banana siblings. 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.