Together supporting microfinance
and microinsurance in the South

Our vision

Together supporting microfinance and microinsurance in the South. This is what we stand by.

BRS supports microfinance and microinsurance projects in the South to help sustainably improve the quality of life of the poorer population in the South.

Not merely with cash, but more specifically with advice and in a dialogue with the stakeholders.

A dream with a face

Our dream is the dream of Rokia Degbevi from Benin.

Rokia dreams of a better future for herself and for her family: her own business with a regular income, enough food, the resources to send her children to school and give them opportunities in life.

Our mission is to help realise such projects.

How do we contribute to making Rokia’s dreams and the dreams of many others come true?
By providing support for microfinance and microinsurance projects in the South.

Our dream in ten phrases 

“Together supporting microfinance and microinsurance in the South”.

  • Three billion people worldwide are “unbankable” or “uninsurable” at ordinary banks and are unable to save money.
  • Because they are poor.
  • Microfinance organisations in the South provide a solution to this dilemma: they develop financial services that are tailored to these people’s needs.
  • Microfinance organisations are not miniature banks.
  • They are financial institutions with a tailored approach.
  • We are convinced that saving and granting loans are not goals in and of themselves.
  • They are tools which enable people to break free from poverty and to increase their prosperity and welfare.
  • That is why we support these local initiatives.
  • More specifically, we cooperate with these microfinance organisations which offer loans, insurance and savings products based on cooperative principles.
  • Because we believe in the amazing power of cooperation, solidarity and respect for the individual

Turning the dream into action

You cannot build a better future for the poor by merely relying on a dream.
Something needs to be done. That is why you need to take action!

Because of our own cooperative background we resolutely believe in the power of cooperatives.

They constitute powerful leverage for anyone wishing to take charge of his or her own future thanks to their special attention to solidarity and cooperation and their respect for individuals.

That is why we have resolutely opted to provide support to those organisations in the South which work together on a cooperative basis

More about our cooperative banking experitse

Because we believe in the power of microfinance and microinsurance, we support these types of financial services but with our own approach.

This allows us to offer poor people with an economic activity a fair chance of breaking free from poverty and taking control of improving their lives.

More about our expertise in microfinance and microinsurance

(link naar onderdeel: Onze expertise)

Our activities are focused on the South without losing sight of the activities in our own country.

BRS supports microfinance institutions in Africa and Latin America which provide microcredits, microsaving products and microinsurance on a cooperative basis.

In Belgium our mission is to inform people about microfinance and microinsurance. And to raise their enthusiasm about this form of international cooperation.

More about our projects in the South

More about our activities in Belgium