TUW SKOK, Poland

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As the primary insurance provider of the Polish credit unions (CUs), TUW SKOK’s history is linked to the re-emergence of the credit union movement after the fall of communism. Not long after the new credit unions began collecting savings, the National Association of Cooperative Savings and Credit Unions (NACSCU) planned for the provision of insurance as well. In 1993, CUNA Mutual and the Foundation for Polish Credit Unions (FPCU) launched Benefit, a joint venture that provided loan protection, life savings and funeral insurance.

Serviperú, Peru, Case study

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At the end of the 1980s and in the early 1990s, Peru suffered a severe economic crisis that led to the implementation of structural adjustments measures to achieve macroeconomic stability. These policies resulted in a revitalisation of the financial system, including the emergence of new types of financial institutions. In this context, low-income persons, who previously had not had access to credit, found funding alternatives in line with their circumstances, which enhanced their income and improved their living conditions.

Columna, Guatemala, Case Study

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In 1946, the Republic’s Congress created the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security (IGSS), which established several social protection benefits, including accident and illness at work, maternity coverage and health care. However, only employees with a fixed contract appearing on a company’s payroll could be members of the IGSS. Therefore, the self-employed, workers in the informal economy and the unemployed do not benefit from social security and are unprotected from the main health and death risks.

CARD MBA, Philippines

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The Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Mutual Benefit Association—CARD MBA— is part of the system of CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (MRI) that also includes CARD Bank, CARD Inc. (a non-governmental organisation or NGO), and the CARD Training Center. The MBA offers life and disability insurance, as well as an obligatory provident fund to CARD Bank and CARD Inc. members. For CARD’s borrowers, MBA offers the All Loans Insurance Package (ALIP), which is a loan redemption scheme.

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