Esterlita is married with seven adult children. She is 59 years old and lives in Taraka, Jimenez, Misamis Occidental. She owns and operates her farm, planting and harvesting rice for sale. She has been doing this business for seven years to make a living. She also engages in a buy-and-sell business as an addition to her income.
She became a member of GDMPC in 2006 and recently, requested a loan of 3,000 PHP (Philippines pesos) to buy chemicals and fertilizer. She hopes to have an abundant harvest in order to generate more income for the 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.