Esterlita is 30 years old and a mother of four children. She lives in Mialem, Jimenez, Misamis Occidental with her family. Her husband is a farmer operating their own farm and she helps generate income with her vegetable garden. In 2012, she joined Gata Daku MPC and borrowed a loan of 5,000 PHP to buy fertilizer such as manure. She hopes to have plenty of harvest from the farm to sell and use it for her children’s education.
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.