Consuelo Offers Blockchain-Powered Microinsurance to Migrant Workers
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Bitcoin and blockchain technology have the ability to bring financial services to the unbanked that otherwise would be unavailable to them. Mexican mobile payments platform Saldo.mx allows to pay for their loved ones’ utility bills across borders. Saldo recently debuted a microinsurance service, Consuelo, to allow users to easily use a fixed health and life insurancepolicy.
CoinTelegraph spoke with Marco Montes Neri, founder of Saldo, about the company’s blockchain-powered microinsurance initiative.
CoinTelegraph: What prompted Saldo to start dealing in microinsurance?
Marco Montes Neri: Insurance in general has been always a very important thing for me and has the potential to reallocate the risk and create a better world. Insurance is broken and we have been thinking about a new model, something like non-adjustable insurance rather than micro insurance that may sound like cheap.
Microinsurance is more similar to what we think in the future with smart contracts will cover people from risks. What is interesting about this form of insurance is the removal of the middle man, the claim adjuster, and the society has evolved in such a way that has created authorities that with a very good level of certainty act as oracle that determine if something has happened or not. So combining those oracles and a blockchain that guarantees integrity of data of those who decided to cover themselves from some risks creates for the very first time powerful, non-adjustable coverage that we are now including as part of the Saldo offering.