Susan J. is from the village of Lower Lodiong, Tambulig. She is 45 years old. Susan is married and has three adult children. To make a living, Susan operates a specialized retail store. The main source of income for her business comes from selling daily-use products, such as noodles, biscuits, shampoo, soap and toothpaste, in the local community. Susan has been engaged in her business for more than seven years and earns approximately 8,000 Philippine pesos (PHP) a month from it.
In 2009, Susan joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Susan has successfully repaid a previous loan of 5,000 PHP from GDMPC, a Kiva partner. Susan is requesting a new loan of 7,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase additional products to sell. This will be the second loan taken out by Susan 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, 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.