Lolita is a 65-year-old widow with an only child living in Macabayao, Jimenez, Misamis Occidental. To earn a living, she manages her own piggery, having an income of 5,000 PHP (Philippines pesos) a month. She has been in this business for five years.
She joined GDMPC in 2010 and decided to request a loan of 10,000 PHP to purchase livestock feeds and other supplies. She plans to develop her business to supplement the family's income.
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.