Celsa B. is from the village of Sagrada, Tambulig, Zamboanga Del Sur. She is 55 years old. Celsa is married and has 2 adult children. She is pictured at her house. Celsa buys and sells vegetables like cabbage, eggplant, string beans, etc. in the local community. Celsa has been engaged in her business for over 15 years and earns approximately 5,000 Philippine Pesos (PHP) a month from it.
In 2008, Celsa joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business. Celsa has successfully repaid a previous loan of 10,000 PHP from GDMPC. This previous loan was used to to purchase additional products to sell. Celsa is requesting her fifth loan, for 10,000 PHP, which will be used to expand the business. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of her family.
GDMPC is one of the most progressive cooperatives in Mindanao, Philippines. It has four branches and three offices covering the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental. Its membership is composed mostly of farmers, fisherfolk, 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.