Jersam is 59 years old, and widowed with 2 children. She lives in Calamba, Misamis Occidental. She owns and operates a food vending business in the local community to earn a living. She has been in her business for over eight years and earns 8,000 PHP every month. She joined GDMPC in the year 2010, and now she has requested a loan of 10,000 PHP to purchase additional ingredients for making food. 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.