Hollard Life launches MeBanbɔ to provide insurance for underserved


Hollard Life Assurance has partnered with pan-African fintech company Cassava Fintech and Vodafone to launch a micro-insurance product providing funeral and disability cover to the underserved.

The insurance product, called ‘MeBanbɔ’ – loosely translated to ‘My Protection’ – can be easily accessed via a mobile phone by dialling USSD code *269#.

MeBanbɔ offers tailored packages of GH¢1,000, GH¢5,000, GH¢15,000 and GH¢30,000 funeral and disability cover for premiums as low as GH¢1, GH¢5, GH¢15 and GH¢30 respectively. It is the first micro-insurance product of its kind offering packages that suit different personal needs. It is open to persons older than 18 years who use the Vodafone mobile network.

Patience Akyianu, Group CEO of Hollard Ghana – the parent company of Hollard Life Assurance, described the launch of MeBanbɔ as a significant milestone in the business’s quest of enabling more people to create and secure a better future.

Patience said: “Our business goals are tied to our purpose of ensuring access to insurance as a social good and an enabler of better futures. We make it a point to be a catalyst for enduring change by providing insurance products that serve the needs of our customers. MeBanbɔ is a prime example of this, and we are proud to bring it to market in partnership with Cassava Fintech and Vodafone Cash”.

Nashiru Iddrisu, Managing Director of Hollard Life said: “We developed MeBanbɔ after engaging with potential customers in underserved markets who expressed interest in securing their financial wellbeing against unexpected incidences, such as funerals and disability.

“However, they also revealed a reluctance to sign-up for traditional life insurance products because of the seemingly unaffordable premium amounts, modes of payment and claims collection process. MeBanbɔ eases these concerns. It is made for them, affording everyone the opportunity to plan their future wellbeing simply via mobile money, in amounts that suit their pockets and with an equally simple claims process,” Iddrisu said.

MeBanbɔ is currently available via Vodafone Cash and is made possible through a partnership with Vodafone. Head of Vodafone Cash, Martison Obeng-Agyei said: “Our decision to partner the MeBanbɔ Insurance initiative was intuitive, because this is yet another example of an innovative and affordable insurance product for Ghanaians. This creates a golden opportunity for scores of hitherto underserved persons and communities to avail themselves of the benefits of insurance to secure themselves and their loved ones against future upheavals, and ultimately improve their quality of life. Inclusion is one of our pillars as a purpose-led organization, and undoubtedly a critical prerequisite for equitable growth as a country”.

In a statement, Godwin Mashiri, Head of Cassava Fintech International’s Mobile Insurance Business – the platform provider for MeBanbɔ said: “We are very excited to be a part of this partnership with Hollard Life Assurance to launch MeBanbɔ in Ghana. This partnership demonstrates and underscores our commitment toward a socially and financially inclusive future that leaves no African behind. It is our hope that the launch of MeBanbɔ in Ghana will enable those who could not access affordable insurance cover to benefit from this product. This partnership will not be the last as we continue to provide a platform that improves the lives of everyday people across the continent”.

MeBanbɔ’s product messaging campaign in the English, Twi, Ga, and Dagbani languages encourages the public to sign up for “plenty asomdwee, toinjol3 or suh’doooo” via *269# on the Vodafone network.  It features the popular comedian and TV personality Akrobeto and local boxing champion, comedian and TV presenter Bukom Banku, as taxi-drivers discussing the financial wellbeing that funeral and disability insurance cover brings. 

About Hollard Life Assurance

Hollard Life is a subsidiary of insurance group Hollard Ghana, and combines its deep local knowledge of the market with the world-class expertise of an international insurance brand. With feet firmly planted on Ghanaian soil but headquartered in South Africa, Hollard delivers innovative insurance solutions customised to the unique risks Ghanaians face. Hollard was previously Metropolitan Insurance, which operated in Ghana for over 25 years.

Hollard Life Assurance offers various life insurance products including funeral, personal accident, savings and investment, group Life insurance and employee plans, and more. Beyond various nationwide office branches and agents, Ghanaians can find Hollard at Shell Fuel Station Welcome Shops, and some Melcom stores across Ghana.

About Vodafone

Vodafone Cash is the mobile financial services subsidiary of Vodafone Ghana. Vodafone Cash provides a mobile money solution that empowers subscribers to perform an assortment of financial services on their mobile devices.

With about 70% of the Ghanaian population still unbanked, the services provided by Vodafone Cash have proven to be integral in the promotion of a cash-lite society and contributed immensely in improving digital inclusion and access to finance for all Ghanaians.

The suite of services offered to customers on Vodafone Cash include: depositing funds, cash withdrawal, money transfer, airtime purchase, paying bills and buying goods. Vodafone Cash also makes it possible for businesses to accept electronic money as a form of payment, and also to send money in bulk to their customers or employees. As businesses strive to leverage on their strengths to grow and deliver superior service, Vodafone Cash proposes flexible, innovative and effective solutions to meet their payment needs.

Vodafone Cash continues to invest in expanding its agent network to support expansion of the mobile money ecosystem, and is fully committed to utilising its cutting-edge digital technology and expertise to help Ghanaian businesses grow.

About Cassava Fintech International

Cassava Fintech International is a pan-African business that use an integrated model to drive financial inclusion and digital transactions across the continent. Its core operations are Mobile Money, Social Payments Services, Digital Banking, International Remittances and Mobile Micro Insurance. Cassava has a presence in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Burundi, Lesotho and the United Kingdom, as well as partnerships in several other African countries, including Ghana.

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