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January 12, 2020

While Community Inclusion Currencies (CICs) have been shown to increase local trade they can also be a vehicle for collective share holding and impact investment. A large portfolio of CICs could represent millions of dollars of investment while the circulation of the C...

January 3, 2020

With every transaction being logged anonymously on a public blockchain we have unprecedented insight into what living below the poverty line means in rural and urban Kenya.

All the anonymous data from 2019 is freely available on github: with 92,223 transaction...

December 25, 2019

The reserve behind these tokens, the actual aid funding, was about $2.5k USD). This means that $2,500 USD of Aid funds created 10,000 tokens (CICs) which were treated as shares and given a value of $10,000 USD – which was used to facilitate $50,000 USD of trade – this...

December 6, 2019

By exploring this space and enabling leverage we can open the door to truly decentralized financial services. If credit can be safely issued by the people using that credit, we can truly change our world.

September 11, 2019

Rarely in development work do you see an intervention that sprouts its own two legs and starts running across the country without donor funds.

August 29, 2019

Sarafu stands at the fore-front of digital community currencies offering novel ways to learn about the inner workings of local exchange systems and study their impact hands-on.

August 10, 2019

"Community Currencies have enabled food insecure communities to sustainably feed themselves post Red Cross support" - Mwanamuna Swale

July 12, 2019

So far, after roughly 6 months of piloting we've witnessed 40,000 blockchain transactions! So what does that actually mean?

June 27, 2019

Responding to Refugee Crisis

This is the current and biggest humanitarian global crisis in our lifetimes and we all need to play a part. 

"We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 70.8 million people around the world have been...

June 20, 2019

Community-based savings and loans are often what keep under-resourced economies afloat. In Kenya, these savings groups or chamas, as they are locally known, are an important source of funds in times of scarcity. We zone in on some of the women who use Sarafu to show ho...

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