Elgen is married with eleven children and operates a general store to make a living. In addition to this, she also sells fish while her husband does fishing to earn extra income. For five years while running the business, she has earned well to support the needs of her children and was able to sustain it. She borrowed a loan from GDMPC to purchase additional grocery goods to sell. She hopes to improve the business to ensure a better source of income for the family in the future.
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.