Zeepay, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and MoneyGram have announced a new additional service offered by Zeepay and UNCDF exclusively for MoneyGram’s customers to complement 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 remittances from abroad will be automatically enrolled 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 authorized 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 GHS 5,000 ; Hospitalization up to GHS 3,000 (300 a day for 30 days); Permanent Disability of GHS 2,500 ; Temporary Disability of GHS 2,500 and Clinical Illness of up to GHS 2,500.
In an interview with the press Andrew Takyi-Appiah “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”.
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 upto about GHS 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 6 months), the immigrant gets to save GHS 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 6 months 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.
In fulfilling this objective, UNCDF supports private sector players such as Zeepay Ghana to innovate and increase access and usage of these digital services. This partnership is around three critical pillars of the UNCDF action in Ghana under the GrEEn Project: 1) increase access and proximity of services reaching the underserved, 2) impact and improve jobs in the DFS sector and 3) promote usage of digital financial services.
Under this partnership, Zeepay will increase access to and usage of digital financial services including remittance-linked services such as microinsurance for youth, women, and returning migrants in Ashanti and Western regions. “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” said Arianna Gasparri, Technical Specialist, Inclusive Digital Economies, UNCDF.