This study was undertaken as part of the ILO project “Extension of Micro-insurance and Microfinance to Informal sector Women Workers”. This project was part of an inter-regional programme, funded by the French government, whose objective was to develop a variety of innovative mechanisms to expand social protection to excluded groups. The other participating countries were Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. The lessons learnt from these three experiences were intended to contribute to national and international debate on poverty reduction and the extension of social protection.