Fidel is 39 years old, separated, and has one child. He lives in Lapasan, Clarin, Misamis Occidental. To earn a living, he owns and operates a farm, planting and harvesting rice for sale. He has been in his business for over nine years and earns PHP 8,500 every month.
He joined Gata Daku Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GDMPC) in 2008, and now he has requested a loan of PHP 27,000 to purchase seedlings and fertilizer. Fidel plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of his 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.