This month marks the two-year anniversary of the Valora App. Since its launch in 2021, Valora has grown into the leading wallet for the Celo ecosystem — but more importantly, we’ve grown into an active, global community of Web3 explorers.
The Valora name comes from the term “value” in Esperanto. At Valora, our value comes from the people in over 100+ countries who now use the Valora wallet as their gateway to Web3. Our community has grown — and so has our mission. Value isn’t just about the funds in your wallet. It’s about how we connect, grow, build, share, and create value together. Community takes many forms, and our mission is to provide people everywhere with the tools they need to grow and thrive financially.
A snapshot of the last two years:
In February, we publicly launched Valora
By summer, Valora stands apart as an independent company with a mission to unlock access to financial opportunities so everyone can create and share value without barriers.
Closing out 2021, Valora launches Supercharge, and with the rise of markets in EU, begins to support different assets like cUSD, CELO, cEUR, and cREAL (which have since grown to more assets and use cases.)
In 2022, we continued to focus on evolving Valora from just a way of sending funds, to a simplified, global gateway to Web3.
We worked with Celo ecosystem builders — with initiatives like the Bake off — to integrate their dapps on Valora and to make the variety of new applications being built on Celo more discoverable around the world.
By the end of the year, we worked with the community to provide easy access to over 30+ dapps, and 50+ assets directly from the Valora App.
People in 130+ countries can now bring funds into the Valora App via Ramp, Simplex, or Coinbase Pay, and withdraw to their local bank account directly with FiatConnect in Nigeria, the Philippines, and Kenya (including MobileMoney out of mPesa) and most recently Ghana, Uganda, and India, thanks to our FiatConnect partners: AlphaFortress and Bitmama.
We’re continuing to lead and refine the usability and accessibility of both dapps, and broaden to a wider array of crypto assets.
2023 onward: The Valora community is now growing and expanding in new markets. We have an engaged community in over 100+ countries, localized in 13+ languages (and counting!)
We look forward to offering increased ways for people to easily add/withdraw funds, grow their crypto, and further discoverability.
All this was made possible through support from the Valora community — thank you! With the root of Valora meaning “value” in Esperanto, we felt it fitting to commemorate the tremendous importance of our global base — both the variety of people and applications that make Valora what it is today. As we increase ways to tap into the Celo ecosystem, we welcome you to join us as the new, Web3-you by discovering your crypto persona.
Meet your crypto persona
Anyone with activity in the Valora App over the last year will be able to discover #YourValora persona, a unique crypto persona based on your in-app activity, delivered as an NFT in your Valora wallet. Your NFT is an invitation to embrace your style of Web3 activity, explore, and make Valora your own — whether you are a "CELO Power User," a “Happy HODLer” or just diving into DeFi.
How to discover #YourValora NFT
#YourValora NFT is available via the NFT Viewer (accessible from your dapps page) in your Valora App.
We’re looking forward to 2023 driving a new wave of interest in the real applications and communities now active within Web3 around the world, and the ways Valora makes it easier to discover, access, and participate in a new crypto economy. Most importantly, we will continue to further discovery through better onboarding and accessibility for all.
You put the value in Valora
Thanks to our amazing community, Valora is primed to be the ultimate tool for Web3 exploration, making our mark in the regenerative finance space and the world of Web3. Thank you for growing with us, and cheers to many more years of working together to make crypto accessible to all.