Stellar, South African nonprofit to bring digital savings to young girls


When Stellar launched last summer, Joyce Kim like any other startup exec wasn’t getting much sleep and found herself trolling Twitter in the middle of the night, San Francisco time. In September, Kim, the co-founder and executive director of the Stellar Foundation, posted a tweet, asking if anyone wanted Stellars, a cryptocurrency, to top up their pre-paid mobile phone cards. All the way over in South Africa, Simon de Haan responded yes.

It wasn’t that de Haan was short on mobile phone minutes. Instead, as the CTO of the Praekelt Foundation, he tweeted back to Kim that he would “like to find ways of making the transfer of funds to & between people, who only have a non-data feature phone, super easy.”

Today, Stellar plans to announce its new integration into Vumi, an open-source…

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