Bernalda is 56 years old and married. She is from Panta-on, Ozamis City. Her family has been in the business of raising bananas for 15 years. She has two adult children who help her take care of their bananas. They earn 4,000 PHP a month. In 2011, Bernalda joined GDMPC. She has requested a loan of 5,000 PHP to purchase fertilizer and pay weeding costs. She hopes for a bountiful harvest and wants to expand her cultivated area.
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.