Esterlita S. is from the village of Calabayan Ozamiz City. She is 52 years old, married and has 4 adult-aged children. Esterlita owns and operates a business raising livestock, primarily pigs, for sale. Esterlita has been engaged in her business for over 15 years and earns approximately 20,000 PHP a month from it.
In 2007, Esterlita joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Esterlita has successfully repaid a previous loan of 30,000 PHP from GDMPC. Esterlita is requesting a new loan of 50,000 PHP which will be used to purchase baby livestock to raise and sell in the future. This will be the fourth loan taken out by Esterlita from GDMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve/expand her business.
GDMPC is one of the most progressive cooperatives in Mindanao, Philippines. It has four branches and three units 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.