Melodina is 41 years old, married and has three children. She is from Jimenez, Misamis Occidental. To make a living, Melodina grows bananas to sell, which she has been doing for two years. She earns 20,000 PHP (Philippines pesos) a month. Melodina is requesting a loan of 60,000 PHP, which she will use to obtain farm fertilizers. Melodina joined GDMPC in 2012. She plans to use the additional revenue generated 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.