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Zimbabwean, Nigerian startups test bitcoin remittances

Zimbabwean startup BitMari and Nigerian counterpart Tanjalo have successfully tested a Bitcoin Lightning transaction, with funds sent from Nigeria to Zimbabwe via bitcoin.

Zimbabwean startup BitMari and Nigerian counterpart Tanjalo have successfully tested a Bitcoin Lightning transaction, with funds sent from Nigeria to Zimbabwe via bitcoin. Continue reading Zimbabwean, Nigerian startups test bitcoin remittances

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What BitMari Users Need to Know About the Bitcoin Cash Fork

Public Announcement Regarding  Bitcoin Cash Fork (known as BCC) that is scheduled to activate on August 1st.


To our users of the BitMari Bitcoin wallet apps, we  have no immediate plans to support BCC. Since these apps are true bitcoin wallets, users hold the private keys and have full, exclusive access to their funds. While users will not be able to observe a BCC balance or create BCC transactions with our apps at this time, it is possible to access BCC at a later date with additional software.

If you have a BitMari wallet, it is essential that you retain your wallets (or your backup words) and not delete them, even if you empty the BTC balance out of your wallets. While BitMari does not have any plans to write software to support BCC at this time, it is possible for third parties to build tools to allow access to BCC balances from BitMari wallets.

If you are considering withdrawing funds from exchanges that do not support BCC, it is safe to withdraw to the BitMari wallets. While it will require tools to be developed, any BCC balances will be accessible to you as long as you have the private keys stored in the app. For large balances, we highly recommend the use of the multi-sig capabilities in the BitMari wallets.

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How Bitcoin Is Disrupting South East Asia Remittance Industry

In 2012, Southeast Asia received almost $48 billion in remittances from migrant workers scattered throughout the globe, according to a 2013 report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Bank. The Philippines is the third-largest recipient in the world after India and China. In the region, it is the largest recipient, followed by Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Remittance in Southeast Asia is a huge market, and many believe it’s ripe for innovation.

Enter Bitcoin and its technological backbone, blockchain. In Ho Chi Minh City, Bitcoin Vietnam, the first full-service Bitcoin company in the country, operates cash2vn, a dedicated Bitcoin remittance platform. In the Philippines, there’s, a mobile wallet that runs on Blockchain technology, and Rebit, a remittance platform run by Satoshi Citadel Industries (SCI). Bitcoin Indonesia, a Bitcoin exchange, is likewise planning to grow their services to cover the remittance sector in order to serve Indonesian domestic workers.

Perfect for remitting small amounts

For migrant workers sending smaller amounts, Bitcoin may be the way to go.

Says Bitcoin Vietnam co-founder Dominik Weil: “There are channels which provide very, very efficient underground remittance networks – especially places with large Vietnamese overseas communities like the U.S., Australia, or Germany. Other channels like Hong Kong have, in general, a very competitive landscape of traditional remittance providers. And then there are the ‘underserved’ channels where your only option is to pay ridiculous amounts of fees to some of the very large and well-known traditional remittance companies – for instance, from Israel to Vietnam.”

He adds: “Where Bitcoin certainly has an impact is on smaller remittances, that is, in the migrant worker space, where the remittance amounts are usually just a couple of hundreds of dollars per transaction… Generally speaking, the larger the amount you want to remit, the less attractive becomes Bitcoin for that purpose. For 5­digit USD amounts and more, usually the bank fees are very competitive.”

Cheaper and faster, and recipients can withdraw through their usual channels

“Once you have a block chain client, such as a wallet, you can actually transfer funds to anyone directly over the blockchain without having to pay an intermediary,” says founder Ron Hose. “And it happens within seconds.” partners with banks and other financial institutions to make the remittance possible. Says Hose, once the transfer is made over the Bitcoin network, recipients can receive their funds through traditional channels, such as major remittance centers, door-to-door delivery, and smart money, among others. “So, on the receiving side, it’s the same. The one we’re replacing is the company that’s abroad, for instance, Western Union,” he says.

They’ve also partnered with Security Bank to allow clients to withdraw the amount from any Security Bank ATM using just a pin code sent via SMS. No need for an ATM card or a bank account. “In the Philippines, people actually have more Facebook accounts than bank accounts. It shows you that banks are really having a hard time reaching customers. We want to bridge that gap,” Hose says.

It’s the same for Bitcoin Vietnam. “We have by now integrated with several companies from around the globe to put their remittance streams on the Bitcoin Blockchain, but the open nature of the system also allows individual users to send remittances to Vietnam via Bitcoin in a direct fashion,” says Weil. “The recipient of the remittances will receive the money either in his bank account or can pick it up in cash at over 7,000 locations in the country – and the money arrives with the recipient usually after a few hours at maximum.”

The company has also seen excellent results in the B2B case and in paying offshore workers. Says Weil, “While an international bank wire inside Southeast Asia clears surprisingly fast, often within just a few hours, bank wires from the U.S. or Europe might take several days until they are routed through all the intermediary banks towards the recipient bank in Vietnam. Bitcoin allows you to get your money into the recipient’s bank about within the hour.”

Bitcoin needs to better educate the market

Still, a lack of knowledge about the technology remains the biggest roadblock to wider consumer adoption.

Says John Bailon, co-founder and CEO at SCI, “Bitcoin, as it is, is complicated enough for a regular person to understand. Making migrant workers rely on it for sending their hard-earned money, their very purpose for leaving their loved ones behind, is a huge change in consumer behavior, one that is up against the alternative: a fellow Filipino teller in a remittance shop, with hundreds of other fellow migrant workers lined up to hand their cold cash to be sent away to the Philippines.”

The same can be said for businesses, says Bailon. “There are only a hand full of bitcoin companies who are capable of running these new corridors through Bitcoin’s rails. I think, in time, this will improve and we will eventually see more and more payments, and money transfers go through cryptocurrency.”

Eddie Chng, vice president for Business Development and Partnerships at Singapore-

based bitcoin trading platform Quoine, is optimistic: “As time goes on, people will gradually become accustomed to faster, better methods that blockchain technology facilitate. Getting into a stranger’s car instead of a taxi might seem a bit alien at first, but how many of us hesitate to use an Uber now?”

Source: Inc Southeast Asia 

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Bitmari on Keiser Report

Max Keiser talks to Sinclair Skinner (@SkinnerLiber8ed) of BitMari CEO about the startup and crypto landscape in Africa and about the Clinton Foundation’s role in Haiti.

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How You Can Use #BitCoin Across Africa

#BitMari for Africa, talking to the everyone in their indigenous language on the impact #bitcoin can have on their lives. The #BitMari Mobile Wallet can also be set in the indigenous language allowing any person to be able to trade across Africa using #BitCoin. Thanks to Bustop Tv

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#Bitcoin for Zimbabwe Women Farmers

Sinclair Skinner talks with Podcast about Bitcoing and The Zimbabwe Women’s Farmers Accelerator and how the women farmers are using #bitcoin as a means to trade.

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How to invest in Agriculture in Africa: The Zimbabwe Women Farmers Accelerator

60 per cent of the world’s arable land is situated on the African continent and at the same time 25 billion dollars in food imports come into Africa, Its high time we invest in the people who are farming. The Zimbabwe Women Farmers Accelerator is investing in 100 Women Farmers because of these very same reasons.

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