Gerarda C. is from the village of Sto. Niño, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur. She is 68 years old. Gerarda is married and has 3 adult children. To make a living, Gerarda sells seafood, including fish and shrimp, in the local community. Gerarda has been engaged in her business for over 8 years and earns approximately 5,000 PHP a month from these activities.
In 2008, Gerarda joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Gerarda has successfully repaid a previous loan of 7,000 PHP from GDMPC that she used to expand her business. Gerarda is requesting a new loan of 7,000 PHP that she will use to buy more fish to sell. This will be Gerarda's third loan from GDMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve her family's living conditions.
GDMPC is one of the most progressive cooperatives in Mindanao, Philippines. It has four branches and three units offices covering the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental. Its membership is composed mostly of farmers, fisherfolks and small entrepreneurs.
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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.