A loan of $225 helped to purchase additional products to sell.

Merlyn's story

Merlyn C. is from the village of Sinonoc, Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental. She is 47 years old, is married, and has three school-aged children.

Merlyn owns and operates a specialized retail store, selling daily-use products such as coffee, milk, Milo (a milk beverage), shampoo, soap and toothpaste in the local community. She has been engaged in her business for over a year and earns approximately 2,000 PHP a month.

In 2008, Merlyn joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and her ability to engage in business activities. She has successfully repaid a previous loan of 10,000 PHP from GDMPC. This previous loan was used as additional capital for her business.

Merlyn is requesting a new loan of 10,000 PHP which will be used to purchase additional products to sell. This loan will be her fourth from GDMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve the general living conditions of her family.

About GDMPC:
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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