Hi there, I started this group on Kiva today called 'Team Bitcoin' since Bitcoin is making headlines and bitcoiners are making lots of money. I thought it'd be a good opportunity to engage with charitable projects worldwide and see what we can do as a community. Kiva are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. They leverage the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, and let people lend small amounts (like $25) to charitable projects, usually home run businesses and individuals. To join Team Bitcoin, simply sign up here: http://www.kiva.org/team/team_bitcoin You can choose which projects you want to support by going to this page: http://www.kiva.org/lend At the moment, Kiva doesn't accept bitcoin, but there might be the possibility of this in the future. I'm also visiting Kenya in January to look into the potential for Bitcoin adoption there and find out about how Bitcoin can be used on the ground with reference to M-Pesa, the Kipochi bitcoin wallet and Bit-Pesa. Thanks :-)
Kipochi Eyes M-Pesa Link to Promote Bitcoin Use Worldwide -- "The developing world has a much larger incentive to adopt Bitcoin than, say, the average American with a credit or debit card or PayPal account"...
Kipochi is releasing its special Bitcoin wallet and the news couldn’t be better: thanks to this service, which allows people to send and receive virtual currency and convert it through the popular Kenyan service M-Pesa, one third of the inhabitants of Kenya now have a Bitcoin wallet.. Although this doesn’t mean that everyone is using Bitcoin, it’s a huge step forward towards the massive Pelle Braendgaard is the co-founder of Kipochi, a UK-based, globally focused bitcoin wallet service started in March 2013. Kipochi notably integrated with Kenya-based mobile payments provider M Global bitcoin wallet service Kipochi has launched a product that allows people in Africa to send and receive bitcoins, plus convert them to and from the Kenyan currency M-Pesa.. This will allow Kipochi did not charge anything for the transfer and made Bitcoin easy to use. The only cost associated with the transfer was the inherent bitcoin transaction fees – a flat 25Ksh fee. What’s more, with Kipochi, money could be transferred to and from anywhere around the world i.e. local and cross border remittances. Kipochi the startup I helped found 3 years ago is in the news again. While the whole story ended up pretty painful for me I did learn a lot from the experience. This was to be based on Bitcoin and allow interoperability with any vendor. Our goal from a tech point of view offer a consumer wallet based on USSD and mobile web. This would be
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