A loan of $600 helped to purchase rice and corn grits for resale.

Ma. Ruth's story

Ma. Ruth A. is from the village of La Victoria, Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur. She is 53 years old, married and has two school-aged children. To make a living, Ma. Ruth owns and operates a retail store selling daily use products such as shampoo, soap and toothpaste in the local community. Ma. Ruth has been engaged in her business for over four years and earns approximately 7,130 PHP per month from these activities.

In 2010, Ma. Ruth 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 10,000 PHP from GDMPC. This loan was used to purchase additional products to sell. Ma. Ruth is requesting a new loan of 25,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase rice and corn grits for sale. This loan will be her second from GDMPC. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve her family's general living conditions.


GDMPC is one of the most progressive cooperatives in Mindanao, Philippines. It has seven branches 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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