Ethereum-based Platform is Changing the Lives of Syrian Refugees

In the middle of the North Arab Desert and 90 minutes from Jordan’s capital city, Amman, lies a refugee camp home to over 32,000 people.

A Civil War and Remnants of Normality

Known as Azraq Refugee Camp, the 15 kilometers across which it spans are made up of simple aluminum dwellings, lived in by families and people torn apart by the ongoing Syrian Civil War. After fleeing their country in search of safety, they now reside at Azraq indefinitely, in the hope of finding better lives.

Many of the people were left with nothing, gathering only a few belongings before they fled. With life as they knew it permanently destroyed, their future remains uncertain.

The center of many of their lives is the supermarket, offering a beacon of normalcy in an otherwise chaotic situation. Abuzz with activity, it is a place of friendly interactions, a past-time that has become even more important.

Augmenting Human Capital with Blockchain

A new initiative to weave blockchain technology into the day-to-day operations of the supermarket has been met with great excitement – and it is already beginning to change lives.

Houman Haddad of the UN World Food Program is responsible for the creation of the one-of-a-kind project entitled Building Blocks. Through a unique implementation of blockchain technology, the WFP aims to make essential purchases from the store cheaper, safer and quicker to process.

The new blockchain purchasing system removes the need for a third party FSP, as was traditionally the case. Previously used were institutions such as banks or other monetary companies which facilitated transactions between the WFP and the store, who then issues the goods to the person to whom they were due…

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