Maris is from Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur. She is 27, married and has two children. For 7 years, she has owned and operated a specialized general store where she earns 15,000 PHP a month.
In 2008, Maris Stella joined GDMPC. Maris is now requesting a new loan of 24,000 PHP, which will be used to purchase new items such as Milo, shampoo, soaps, canned goods, eggs and dried fish. She plans to use the additional revenue generated from the business to improve and expand her 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.