Digital insurance platform mTek has partnered with digital informal retail aggregator Kyosk.app and Fin, a focused fintech platform to provide insurance covers to over 100,000 Kenyan dukas (retail outlets).
Despite employing over 80 percent of the Kenyan workforce, the informal retail sector is underinsured and faces a myriad of insurable risks, including business interruption, theft, damage to property, cyber-attacks, and loss of stock.
Ms. Bente Krogmann, the mTek CEO, said that mTek would provide a paperless ecosystem to facilitate the purchase of the Britam product, Kyosk.app will facilitate a direct and seamless link to its network of 100,000 informal retailers, and Fin will provide affordable financing for the insurance services.
“We have come together to become enablers and protectors of the informal retail sector through insurance products, contributing to the growth of Kenya’s economy. With the adoption of digital services by informal retailers, mTek’s paperless services offer business owners accessibility, convenience, and affordability,” said Krogmann.
Informal retailers affiliated with the Kyosk.app platform will access digital and customized insurance products starting from as low as Kshs 74 per month.
Kyosk.app Head of Innovations Elijah Maina said the partnership would empower Kenya’s informal retailers and smallholder farmers to protect their profits as they grow their livelihoods.
“Every day, informal retailers are exposed to risks that could negatively impact their businesses from loss of inventory due to fire or theft or loss of profit due to hospitalization. Through this partnership, we have a bespoke insurance product that caters for all these risks under one cover, facilitating business continuity for the informal retailers, moreso dukas,” said Maina.
In 2021, the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) reported the insurance penetration at 2.23% of Kenya’s total GDP – with digitization and innovative insurance products being critical contributors to the adoption of insurance products.
“Kenya’s economy is underpinned by the informal retail sector. The sector drives both employment and GDP. Fin is proud to do its part by providing traders within the Kyosk.app network with a funding solution that will help them access insurance” said Tonderai Mutesva, the CEO of Fin.
mTek is a digital online insurance platform that provides an entirely paperless ecosystem for the insurance industry. The insurtech company is obsessed with levelling the playing field by making insurance more approachable through digital transformation. mTek allows customers to purchase insurance directly from the insurer, compare insurance policies and file for claims directly through their smart devices.
Kyosk.app is a digital-first and data-led distribution transformation company in Africa that provides a seamless and direct link between informal retailers to manufacturers – facilitating orders and convenient delivery of affordable products and services within 24 hours. Through the Kyosk app, retailers can expand their network and product range by providing last-mile deliveries to hard-to-reach communities.
Fin is simply smarter finance for everybody. Together with its partners, Fin provides credit, savings, and insurance services to clients is a faster, convenient, and reliable manner. Fin is currently present in Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania, servicing both individuals and small businesses with the financing solutions they need.
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