from a recent Mercy Corps press release, news of an important microinsurance initiative in HaitiMicroinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organization (MiCRO) Created to Help Protect Haiti's Micro Entrepreneurs
International Consortium Unveils Scalable, Innovative Model for Micro-insurance to Combat the Financial Impact of Natural Disasters
March 30, 2011
The formation of Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation (MiCRO), an innovative donor-capitalized insurance facility developed by a syndicate of strategic stakeholders, will empower Haiti's micro-entrepreneurs to protect themselves against the economic aftermath of severe natural catastrophes. The facility’s scalable model for microinsurance is the first of its kind in Haiti and is aimed at the country's ‘informal sector’ – the organized poor who have taken steps to increase their economic standing and stability through the creation of small businesses.
MiCRO's founding partners include Swiss Re, a leading and highly diversified global reinsurer committed to working with governments and related entities to further strategic, long term country risk management; Caribbean Risk Managers Limited (CaribRM), the risk analytics arm of CGM Gallagher Group, the Caribbean’s largest risk intermediary; GC Micro Risk SolutionsSM (GC Micro), a division of the world’s leading risk and reinsurance specialist Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC; Mercy Corps , a global relief and development agency; and Fonkoze, Haiti’s leading microfinance institution.
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“There are far too many Haitians who work hard to save and build their assets, only to find them destroyed overnight by a hurricane, flood or earthquake,” says Anne Hastings, CEO of Fonkoze Financial Services. “Microinsurance to manage these inevitable events is a prerequisite for escaping poverty and building a sustainable future.”
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- full press release at:http://www.mercycorps.org/pressreleases/24128