In a quiet month for banks Equity Bank is making some quiet strategic moves for the long term, that may shake up the insurance sector in Kenya.
They have started selling insurance cover to their customers through their wholly owned subsidiary Equity Insurance Agency. Like with the health care package they started selling last year, it is quietly marketed to customers within the banking halls only – no public adverts so far and little mention elsewhere. Customers can sign up for motor vehicle insurance, domestic over, personal accident & travel, medical, and fire & burglary for businesses.
Equity continues a trend of rolling out products that are useful but have low penetration in Kenya like medical insurance and mortgages (they own a ¼ of Housing Finance)
Also they were earlier reported to have acquired an investment banking license from Juanco Investments - a little known company who's also one of their shareholder.