Zeepay and UNCDF encourage Ghanaian resilience through diaspora microinsurance on International Day of Family Remittances under the GrEEn project
Zeepay, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and MoneyGram are set to announce a new additional service offered by Zeepay and UNCDF exclusively for MoneyGram’s customers to compliment the life of the remitter and their friends and families back home.
The service is designed as a Micro Insurance product, known as Beneficiary Micro Insurance under the Zeemicro service offered by Zeepay.
Under this new service all MoneyGram customers that receive remittance from abroad will be enrolled automatically on a free microinsurance service, which is valid for a month with full benefits should an event occur.
The service is underwritten by reputable insurance partners such as Hollard Insurance, GLICO Life Insurance, Enterprise Insurance and State Insurance Corporation which are all available under the service.
The service is fully approved by the National Insurance Commission and authorised by Bank of Ghana for Zeepay under the Payment Systems and Services Act, 2019 (Act 987).
The product offers the following, Death cover of up to GH¢ 5,000; hospitalisation up to GH¢ 3,000 (300 a day for 30 days); permanent disability of GH¢ 2,500; temporary disability of GH¢2,500 and clinical illness of up to GH¢ 2,500.
In an interview with the press Andrew Takyi-Appiah said “Insurance traditionally has been about protection and cover, however over the years we have noticed that most insurance companies offer protection rather than both. Hence the reason why most Life Insurance balance sheets are not growing in the country. As predominantly they have become Asset Managers.”
“We believe our product Beneficiary Micro Insurance will offer the customers the long-awaited cover required,” he said.
Dede Afriyie Quarshie, GM Commercial, in her statement added that, “After three years of research, we observed that most immigrants abroad will have to send about USD1000 home, whenever there is death in the family. So, we partnered with UNCDF to launch this product for MoneyGram’s customers, which gives a death cover of up to about GH¢ 5000 in cedis should death occur in the family. So by signing on the product which costs as little as USD 1 (although free for this promotion period of 6months), the immigrant gets to save GH¢ 5000 should such an event occur.”
Loretta Ofori-Ani, Zeepay Product Manager, Micro Insurance stated, “Last year we ran a demonstration and were very impressed with the results as we managed to insure over 2000 remittance receivers during that period. We are optimistic that over the next 6months we should be able to sign on about 50,000 MoneyGram remittance receivers making this the most credible micro insurance product in Ghana.”
In Ghana, UNCDF is tasked with leading efforts of the European Union to make remittances available and accessible for youth, women and returning migrants in the targeted areas and build on those flows to grant access to remittance-linked financial services to pave the way for more inclusive formal financial ecosystems.
“Zeepay will create a new paradigm in the areas of intervention of the GrEEn project by expanding its product offerings and network of agents in areas where access to financial services and remittances remain a challenge, especially for youth and women” Arianna Gasparri, Technical Specialist, Inclusive Digital Economies, UNCDF said.