Factors to consider when taking an Umbrella Pension Plan

Small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) and employers who wish to outsource the management of pension funds can now enjoy the advantages of a fully registered pension scheme thanks to the Umbrella Pension Scheme by Kenya Orient Life Assurance. This pension plan collectively puts together the retirement investment funds of various employers in an adjustable method in a bid to help employees achieve a decent and secure retirement. Pooling of resources reduces the average cost of running the fund, a hassle-free experience since Kenya Orient Life takes the regulatory and governance pressure and allows employers to focus on their core businesses and complements the returns and benefits due to the scale of the investment fund.

Below are key factors to bear in mind when taking up an Umbrella Pension Scheme:


Before you entrust an insurance provider with the retirement savings of your employees, take a step further and find out whether they are answerable to a regulatory authority. This means that they are bound to comply with their role of trusteeship and legal action can be taken upon them in case of any issues. A reliable Umbrella Pension Scheme provider whose proceeds are overseen by the relevant authorities will ensure that you receive superior customer service. Orient Umbrella Pension Plan is duly registered by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the Retirement Benefits Authority (RBA) as a retirement fund provider.


Different companies operate differently and thus, contribution channels towards an umbrella scheme will vary from one employer to another. In this case, choose a provider who provides the flexibility that suits the needs of your employees. Depending on how your organization is structured, make sure that this product is tailored to meet the needs of your employees in the long run. With this in mind, you will need to find an umbrella pension plan that will be flexible enough to accommodate future adjustments that might take place in your organization. The Orient Umbrella Pension Plan is flexible enough that it allows employers to specify the retirement age for employees and any other special rules that can be included

Fees and Charges

There are various fees and charges incurred as you take up an Umbrella Pension Plan including; administration fees, audit fees and a retirement benefit levy. As you consider taking up an Umbrella Pension Plan, ensure there are no extra charges and that the fees included are pocket friendly and do not eat up a large portion of your contributions. At Kenya Orient Life Insurance, we believe in transparency and thus have ensured that there are no hidden charges when signing up for our umbrella scheme. Our fees are also competitive and friendly to our customers.

Ease of Access to investments

Imagine saving up for retirement for many years only to be faced with a lot of back and forth upon the maturity of your retirement funds. Be keen when selecting a retirement investment company for your employees so that they can easily access their funds. Through the Orient Umbrella Pension Plan, employees can access their funds upon achieving the stipulated retirement age. As a pension scheme

Return on investments

You want to enjoy the best returns on investments upon maturity of your investments and saving for retirement through an Umbrella Pension Scheme should not be any different. Choose a provider with the most competitive returns, that also aligns with your goals. Due to the high-yielding investments, Orient Umbrella Pension Plan offers an attractive minimum guaranteed interest rate of 4 per cent per annum. In addition, there is a bonus declared at the end of every year. Sign up your employees to the Orient Umbrella Pension Plan today and let us do the investment work for you. You can rest assured that your future is secure with us.


According to research, Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) are the most common form of birth defects in children and occur in one per cent of all live births worldwide, affecting over 40 million people. In Kenya, the Ministry of Health estimates that more than 200,000 children under the age of 18 suffer from heart disease. This not only complicates the lives of young children but also risks the future of the younger generation.

In our continuous effort to serve our community, led by our General Manager Jackson Muli, we had the pleasure of supporting the Rotary District 9212’s free paediatric heart project which seeks to provide free surgery to 200 children with heart defects every year. The project aims to cater for tests and free heart surgery in collaboration with leading heart specialist from Rotary Club of Mumbai West Coast (RCMWC) in India. Kenya Orient Life Assurance sponsored the project to the tune of KES. 100,000 which was presented to the Rotary District 9212 Governor Alex Nyaga.

“As Kenya Orient Life Assurance, we continue to affirm our commitment to making everyone’s life, our priority. Through this support to the Rotary District 9212, we are confident that this is part of our service to the community we operate in and we will be making dreams of these needy children come true,” said Kenya Orient Life Assurance GM Jackson Muli.

The main objective of Rotary is service in the community, in the workplace throughout the world, which is achieved through seven areas of focus. As such, Rotary District 9212 is passionate and dedicated to tiny hearts through the Free Paediatric Heart Surgery Program which falls under the Disease Prevention and Treatment area of focus.

“Children in Sub-Saharan Africa face many kinds of heart defects and the cost of getting treatment for congenital heart defects is very expensive and out of reach for many children. With sponsors such as Kenya Orient Life Assurance, we are looking forward to achieving our objective of supporting 250 needy children this year,” said Rotary District 9212 Governor Alex Nyaga.

Rotary District 9212 comprises of Rotary Clubs from Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and South Sudan. In conjunction with local health specialists and facilities, Rotary District 9212 has set up massive heart surgery clinics locally and is hosting heart specialists from India to offer the free heart surgery together with local specialists in partner facilities. These heart specialists are undertaking simple to the most complex surgeries, for free, for needy children.


When a child attains school-going age, a new budget line in the name of school fees is created for the parents. It is a 15-year journey of expenses all the way from kindergarten to university and one that can be strenuous for the parents if they aren’t well prepared.

At Kenya Orient Life Assurance, we offer you the Orient Smart Educator Plan, an education savings plan that caters for the financial needs of your child or children through school to help them focus on their studies without interruptions.

Would you like to ease the burden of school fees? Here are benefits of choosing the Orient Smart Educator Plan for your child or children.

1. It’s tailored to all curriculums

With the different education systems, namely 8-4-4, The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), or the recently introduced Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), the Orient Smart Educator Plan is tailored to suit your preferred curriculum that your child is enrolled to.

2. Fulfills your child’s career goals

School fees may be a financial hindrance for the child in achieving their career goals, but with Orient Smart Educator Plan, you don’t need to worry about funding your child’s course fees because the accumulated profits at maturity will be sufficient to cater for higher learning fees.

3. Has a child’s cover in the event of unforeseen conditions

One great gain of the Orient Smart Educator Plan is the financial protection in the event the parent or guardian dies or suffers a permanent disability, the policy has a waiver of all future premiums while future benefits are payable when due. The amount paid is sufficient to cater for the child’s fees in the case of a parents’ or guardians absence. A sum of Ksh50, 000 is also paid to cater for funeral expenses.

 Accidental death

The policy also offers personal accident insurance benefits that cater for accidental deaths, with 100% additional sum assured. In such instances, future premiums are waived, and future benefits are payable when due.

 Accident hospitalization

The accident hospitalization cover benefits the child and parent or guardian in the event of severe accidental injuries up to a maximum of 40% of Sum Assured, subject to a limit of Ksh200, 000 per life during the policy term. To acquire this benefit, one must have been hospitalized for a minimum of 3 nights.

4. Annual cash benefits

Once you have signed up for the Orient Smart Educator Plan, you have the benefit of having the annual cash benefits that will cater for any immediate but relatively smaller financial needs of the child.

5. Child’s birthday annual cash benefit

At Kenya Orient Life Assurance, we value your child’s milestone. Every year, there is an annual cash benefit of 5% of the annual premium paid back on the first day of the child’s birthday calendar month.

6. Easy access to your benefits

Our team is available to attend to you when you are ready to access your benefits. It is important to note that once you have paid all premiums due and provided the relevant documents, the process is seamless to assist you get your benefits, which are paid out in six installments and an addition of accumulated profits at maturity.

For death claim, we will require you to provide documents as proof that you are the beneficiary in the policy, and that the event making you claim actually occurred, for example proof of police abstract in case the policyholder died as a result of an accident.

Give your child the much needed advantage of quality education. The choices we make today have multiple effects in the future of a child. For more information please contact us, we will guide you step by step on how to sign up for the Orient Smart Educator Plan today.

Factors to consider before taking up an education policy

In today’s unprecedented times, most families have had financial constraints due to an imbalance in the job market. The changes in the school-terms calendar by the Government due to the COVID-19 pandemic has also contributed to financial constraints for parents and guardians, who have had to pay school fees consistently as the transition between terms has been relatively short with no usual breaks. Most parents and guardians have had to secure expensive loans to cover school fees, leading them further into debts, even as school fees structures continue to increase.

To avert such strenuous occurrences in the future, it is paramount to have a long-term commitment towards a savings plan for your child’s education. Through consideration of an Education Insurance Policy that is hassle-free, parents and guardians will be at peace knowing that their children’s education is covered throughout their schooling even in the unfortunate event of a parent's demise.

While it is not a short-term expense, savings for a long-term plan requires a total commitment that stretches over a period of time. Whether it is a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis, one can decide which flexible plan works best in payments of the exceptional premiums to improve their savings culture.

Children are the future, creating that future for them through legacy, hope and joy is what counts. As they begin their first steps of growth towards their future, it is the parents' or guardians’ role to equally reflect the steps taken to plan for their education for the future. As soon as the child is born, one can begin the savings plan for a child’s education immediately.

However, it is never too late if your child is already of school-going age. The insurance service provider will advise on the best savings plan for secondary or tertiary education. There are certain factors to consider as a policyholder before settling for an Education Insurance Policy.

1. Affordable premiums

Before you begin to purchase a policy, request your insurance agent on the recommended policy that covers your needs and goals, based on your financial capacity. Some policies have access to funds whenever you need them before the maturity date, while others have a provision of a goal, for instance, a savings plan that matures once your child has reached 18 years of age.

Make realistic goal plans while saving for an education policy. Based on your current lifestyle and income ensures you save without constraints. Avoid committing to a higher savings amount which might end up having a policy terminated hence one may lose their money in the case of financial difficulties.

2. Benefits

There are policies with an option that waives the payment of premiums in the event a parent or guardian dies, is critically ill or suffers from permanent disability and is unable to pay for the education policy. This provision takes care of your child’s education expenses should anything unfortunate happen to you. Choose a premium that aligns with the type of benefits you need.

Before you settle for the type of policy suitable for your needs, it is important to understand the basics of the policy and its main features as advised by your trusted insurance agent who will take you through step by step in a bid to make the right decisions

3. Investment Plans

Most insurance education plans have an option where your savings are invested in a fixed income fund with a bonus option that helps you meet your financial needs in the event that one gets into a financial-instability situation. The bonus feature also pays your premiums until the maturity of the policy if one dies or suffers a permanent disability. One could also have an option of investing in the capital markets and having an annual rate of return on investment.

4. Monitoring of funds

With the help of your insurance agent, it is important to keep an eye on the funds to ensure you reach your goals. Once you purchase your preferred policy, monitor the initial projections and the actual returns and the investment-linked policies which might change due to changes in money markets.

Basically, an education insurance policy is a type of life insurance product where the parent or guardian is the policyholder whereby his or her child’s life is assured as the beneficiary.

Kenya Orient Life Assurance brings you ‘Orient Educator’ and ‘Orient Smart Educator’, Education savings plans tailored to meet your child or children’s education fees particularly designed to fit both the old and the new school curriculum systems. The savings plans not only cater for education fees but is also hassle-free and offer annual cash benefits from inception to cater for any urgent but relatively smaller financial needs.

Early planning with Orient Educator Plans is the bridge to a hassle-free, affordable and quality education for your child’s future.