A loan of $350 helped to purchase additional fish to sell.

Meriam's story

Meriam A. is from the village of P.5 Lower Loboc, Oroquieta City. She is 51 years old, married and has two school-aged children. To make a living, Meriam owns and operates a fishing business, selling seafood such as fish and shrimp in the local community. Meriam has been engaged in her business for over ten years and earns approximately 10,000 PHP per month from these activities.

In 2007, Meriam joined Kiva partner, GDMPC, to gain access to financial services to help improve her living situation and ability to engage in business activities. She has successfully repaid a previous loan of 30,000 PHP from GDMPC. Meriam is requesting a new loan of 15,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase additional fish to sell. This loan will be her third from GDMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve and 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, fisherfolk and small entrepreneurs.

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