5 tips from the 'godfather' of microinsurance

A woman counts Philippine peso bills. Inexpensive and dependable insurance is crucial to help strengthen climate and disaster resilience of poor communities. Photo by: FEDRA Studio / CC BY-SA

Thinking about starting your own microinsurance institution? Aris Alip has a few tips.

Alip is the managing director and founder of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Mutual Benefit Association. CARD MBA is part of a 14-company social business conglomerate — the CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions — that got its start as a microfinancing operation in the 1980s and now boasts 11 million members, mostly poor women.

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