A loan of $1,150 helped to invest in expanding the business.

Merlie's story

Merlie C. is from the village of Campo 4, Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga Del Sur. She is 54 years old, married and has 2 adult-aged children. Merlie owns and operates a farming business, planting and harvesting rice for sale. Merlie has been engaged in her business for over 10 years and earns approximately 11,600 PHP a month from it.

In 2009, Merlie joined GDMPC to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. Merlie has successfully repaid a previous loan of 40,000 PHP from GDMPC, which was used to to purchase additional seeds, seedlings and young crops to raise. Merlie is requesting a new loan of 50,000 PHP which will be used to invest in expanding the business. This will be the fourth loan taken out by Merlie from GDMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve her family's general living conditions.

About GDMPC:

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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