Dionesio has been farming for years and was able to provide for his family's basic needs. He plants and harvests bananas to sell in the local community in order to earn a living. Aside from this, he also earns by working for hire in the neighborhood.
Recently Dionesio borrowed a new loan to purchase organic fertilizer for his banana production business. In the future, Dionesio would like to save money in order to create an emergency fund for the future and to cultivate his vacant farmland.
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.