A loan of $125 helped to invest in expanding her business.

Arlyn's story

Arlyn M. is from the village of Lower Tiparak, Tambulig, Zamboanga Del Sur. She is 38 years old, is married, and has two school-aged children.

Arlyn owns and operates a specialized retail store, selling candies, some food for snacks, noodles, sugar, salt, etc., in the local community. She has been engaged in her business for over five years and earns approximately 5,000 PHP a month.

In 2008, Arlyn 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 5,000 PHP from GDMPC. This previous loan was used to purchase additional products to sell.

Arlyn is requesting a new loan of 5,000 PHP which will be used to invest in expanding her business. This loan will be her second 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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