Bancor, self-described as a “decentralized liquidity network,” secured a then-unprecedented $153 million in under three hours in an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) June 2017. As of press time, it is the world’s largest decentralized crypto exchange with almost $1.6 million in trade volume, according to data from CoinMarketCap.
The company’s new project seeks to stimulate local and regional commerce and peer-to-peer activity by enabling Kenyan communities to create and manage their own digital tokens.
To oversee the launch, Bancor has partnered with a non-profit foundation, Grassroots Economics, which currently runs community currency programs in six locations across Kenya, and serves over 20 schools and 1,000 local businesses.
Grassroots will use the Bancor Protocol to expand its existing paper currency system into a blockchain-based network. The new tokens will be tradable using fiat or crypto on the Bancor platform, which the organization hopes will allow global users to support local communities from afar.
User-generated cryptocurrencies will be interchangeable for one another with no counterparty involvement. A balance in a stabilized “parent” token is under development and will be initially pegged to the Kenyan Shilling to enable convertibility between the network of local currencies.
The first pilots from the project are planned to launch in two economically disenfranchised regions of Kenya, Kawangware and Kibera…