To our wonderful Valora community,
It’s been one whole year since Valora publicly launched. That’s one whole year dedicated to unlocking access to financial opportunity for people around the world.
I’m simultaneously proud and humbled looking back at how our passionate community has grown stronger every day. I’ve loved hearing your stories and learning how folks from all over the globe are experiencing Valora - from those using crypto for the very first time to the long-time enthusiasts already deep in the world of Web3.
At Valora, we don’t just talk about increasing financial opportunity, we’re already making it happen. Our projects solve real problems for real people, such as:
The World Food Programme, Corsali, and Celo partnered to open up a new gig economy market in Kenya—empowering people to earn income through work that can be done on their mobile phones. Celo & Valora enabled these workers to earn their paychecks in crypto in real-time. Additionally, Valora's integration of Kotani meant they could convert their cUSD earnings into Kenyan Shillings in mPesa, allowing them to pay for everyday expenses with ease. Learn more here.
impactMarket uses Valora to facilitate the global distribution of aid via one of the world's largest private universal basic income (UBI) programs, lifting people out of extreme poverty. They've distributed $1.6 million across 28 countries to over 23,000 beneficiaries this year. Among them is the Nagbacalan Loom Weavers Cooperative in the Philippines, which used the funds to survive the economic downturn during the pandemic and build new sources of income for the future. Learn more here.
Our team is working hard on new features and functionality to improve your Valora experience. We hope you’ll update to the latest version of our app and take a look around!
It’s never been easier to buy crypto—Valora now covers cash-in fees for users in 100+ countries through our partnership with Ramp.
There are now 30+ Celo tokens available in the Valora wallet, including 3 stablecoins: Celo Dollar (cUSD), Celo Euro (cEUR), and Celo Real (cREAL).
Our Supercharge Rewards Program is the easiest way to grow your crypto. Valora users are getting 25% annual rewards on their stablecoins. Hop on that while it lasts!
Valora has always been your single sign-on to dapps across the Celo ecosystem. Now it’s even easier to discover and connect to dozens of dapps directly from Valora with our new Dapps Page.
Despite the fast-growing Celo ecosystem, transactions remain lightning fast (5-second block times) and affordable (less than $0.01).
Thank you again to all of you, near and far, and to our dedicated team. Today, we’re celebrating not just our first year, but also an unforgettable year with the best, most engaged community out there. We couldn’t have done it without you, and I can’t wait to see what you do next. Here’s to our impact in the many years to come.
Jackie Bona, CEO