Cecilia C. is from the village of Labo, in Ozamis City. She is 50 years old. Cecilia is married and has two adult-aged children. To make a living, she owns and operates a business of planting and harvesting bananas for sale. She has been engaged in her business for over 15 years and earns approximately 10,500 PHP a month for these activities.
In 2011, Cecilia joined GDMPC, to gain access to financial services that might help her to improve her living situation and ability to engage in business. Now she is requesting a loan of 12,000 PHP which she will use to purchase fertilizers, such as manure. She plans to use the additional profit generated from the business, to improve the general living conditions of her family .
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.