Mercury is 39 years old and married; she lives in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur, with her two children. She earns an income from her transport service business. She started it almost two years ago and she earns 4,000 PHP a month. To improve her business, she is borrowing the amount of 5,000 PHP from GDMPC, which she joined five years ago. She will use the loan to repair her bicycle to provide better service. She is hopeful that she will be able to purchase another bicycle before long to expand her transport service.
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.