Maricel A. is from the village of Poblacion 1, Clarin, Misamis Occidental. She is 29 years old. Maricel is married and has two school-aged children. To make a living she sells plastic ware like Tupperware as well as Avon and Fullerlife products in the local community. She has been engaged in her business for over three years and earns approximately $450 a month from these activities.
In 2006, Maricel joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. She has successfully repaid a previous loan of 50,000 PHP from GDMPC. Maricel is requesting a new loan of 50,000 PHP which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This will be her 18th loan from GDMPC. 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 unit 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.