Tessie is 47 years old and lives in Jimenez, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. She is married with four children. Tessie runs a retail store at home selling assorted items like coffee, milk, soft drinks, and other basic necessities needed by everyone. She's in business for 11 years and earns 4,000 a month from store operations. She has requested a loan of PHP 5,000 from GDMPC to purchase new items to expand product offering. Tessie joined the GDMPC in 2011. In the future, Tessie hopes to obtain good return from this investment and acquire enough revolving funds for the business.
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.