FEATURE: BK staff pay medical insurance for 7,000 vulnerable people in Kimisagara sector | The new times

Bank of Kigali staff joined residents of Kimisagara Sector in Nyarugenge District in Community Work, Umuganda on Saturday, January 29, where they participated in different soil erosion control activities in the area.

The Kimisagara sector is located on a steep mountain, therefore vulnerable to mudslides which often destroy infrastructure, especially during the rainy season.

In addition to their participation in Umuganda, BK employees also handed over a check for Rwf 20.1 million as support to vulnerable residents of the area to pay their annual community medical insurance (Mutuelle de Santé) premiums.

Gedeon Rukundo, the deputy head of the Bank of Kigali’s legal department who led the delegation, said their participation in Umuganda was crucial, especially in this rainy season.

“We are currently in the rainy season, which can cause damage in some areas, so we are clearing the drainage to make way for rainwater to avoid any destruction, and we are proud to be part of this activity to fight against soil erosion,” he said. noted.

Commenting on their donation to medical insurance, Rukundo said it was part of their mandate to ensure a healthy population.

“We have donated more than 20 million Rwandan Francs to help vulnerable people here pay for medical insurance, because when we have a healthy population, it benefits us as a bank…we are able to deal well with healthy people and record more revenue,” he added.

The donation is expected to pay for medical insurance for more than 7,000 people.

Jean Sauveur Kalisa, the executive secretary of the Kimisagara sector praised the efforts of the Bank of Kigali to improve the social welfare of the residents of the sector.

“We are pleased with this donation which is in line with the Week of Heroism, to improve the social well-being of our people. We hope that it will contribute to improving access to health for the population and to improving the number of people who have contributed to the Mutuelle Santé in this financial year 2022-2023”, he noted.

He added that the donation will increase health insurance coverage to 80% in the area.

One of the beneficiaries, Hellen Murekatete, a mother of four, also applauded the lender’s support.

“My husband and I are both unemployed, so we weren’t able to pay the Mutuelle Santé for our family, but we are deeply happy for the bank that came to our rescue. We often got sick, but stayed at home without any form of treatment, and the children were stuck at home, without going to school,” she said.

Apart from health, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Bank of Kigali also extends to education, women empowerment and startups among others.

One percent of the annual profit of the bank, which is the largest lender in the country, is allocated to CSR activities.

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