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January 19, 2020

How do you have a proper checkers tournament when no one can pay the entry fees?

Jacob the organizer saw an opportunity. His neighbors in several rural villages are in the worst time of the year because of the scarcity of Kenyan Shillings. Instead of shillings they are...

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...

July 12, 2019

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

May 28, 2019

A few decades ago, the idea of giving money to poor people instead of food packages and healthcare was almost scandalous. Free money? With no strings attached? Surely, this was aid gone wrong – a desperate attempt to do things differently that was bound to fail.

Today,...

December 21, 2018

Closing 2018 with a bang! We mark the end of 2018 and the beginning of this festive season by honoring schools, clinics, micro and small businesses who empowered themselves economically through Community Currency. Business people across communities in Kibera, Kangemi a...

December 13, 2018

Blockchain based Proof of Impact for Community Currencies

December 3, 2018

We can't print enough paper notes for everyone who needs them. But nearly everyone has a phone (without internet). In order to reach a larger group of people across Kenya, Grassroots Economics has enabled feature phones with no internet, to have access to, trade and co...

August 8, 2018

Caption: Mama Evelin (right) in Bangladesh, Mombasa learns to trade her Bangla-Pesa using the Bancor Wallet; taught by Ruth Ngau of Grassroots Economics (left).

Thanks to Bancor, blockchain is finally becoming a tool we can use to fight poverty.

Yesterday we had an amazi...

June 25, 2018

Grassroots Economics Director, Caroline Dama, visited the White House on Wednesday as a finalist in the WomensConnect USAID program

Our aim is to empower women to take charge of their economic future through the creation of community currencies.

Grassroots Economics see...

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