Renato is married with seven children and lives in Sta. Cruz, Jimenez, Misamis Occidental in the Philippines. His wife works as an Avon Products dealer while he operates the furniture-making shop that they own. Renato has been doing this line of work for three years to make a living. He recently joined Gata Daku MPC (Kiva's field partner) and borrowed a loan of 10,000 PHP to buy additional materials and tools for his shop. His dream is to improve his business in order to gain more revenue for a better future for 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.