Health Savings: A Technical Note

  • Date Posted: October 11, 2010
  • Authors: Myka Reinsch, Rossana M. Ramirez
  • Organizations/Projects: Freedom from Hunger
  • Document Types: Technical Report
  • Donor Type: Foundation

The microfinance institution (MFI) known as the Réseau des Caisses Populaires du Burkina (RCPB) pilot-tested a health savings product from 2007 through 2009. RCPB, which is a deposit-taking federation of credit union networks, developed the product in partnership with Freedom from Hunger and the Confederation of Financial Innovation (Confédération d’Innovation Financière, or CIF).

The purpose of this Technical Note is to share details of RCPB’s health savings product with the microfinance sector and to encourage further experimentation, replication and innovation around this promising development tool.