This is an opinion editorial by Renata Rodrigues, the global community and education lead at Paxful.
On June 8, 2021, when El Salvador announced that bitcoin was to become legal tender in El Salvador, I knew it was an opportunity to demonstrate the true value of bitcoin. What I saw was a community of people eager and open to embrace an honest and inclusive monetary system that could lower wealth barriers and build financial independence.
When I look back a year later, bitcoin is paving the way for a brighter financial future for those who believe in bitcoin for freedom and equal financial access. There is still work to be done and we know that it begins and ends with education. It will be at the forefront of everything we do in El Salvador and our educational initiatives around the world.
Bitcoinforthe100 is a collection of these stories and use cases that prove that bitcoin is indeed 100% worth it. From the small community of Isla Tsajera to a student on the path to self-sovereignty, Below are the voices of people adopting bitcoin for greater financial freedom.
– Renata Rodrigues, Global Community and Education Lead, Paxful
Bitcoin for My Community: Don Walter, Isla Tasjera, El Salvador
Don first heard of bitcoin when the Built With Bitcoin Foundation made its way to Isla Tasjera where he lives. Before the foundation came along, Don and the other residents only knew that the government gave citizens a little BTC, but they didn’t know what to do with it. “Due to the difficulty of the Internet connection and therefore the lack of knowledge, we did not know much about bitcoin,” he said.
With the advent of the Foundation, Dawn and its neighbors received bitcoin education, training, and overall improvement of “payment transactions, buying and selling”. As for Don himself, he prides himself on having “managed to learn all that bitcoin can do for the community.”
Dawn has seen firsthand how bitcoin can transform the lives of its community through new opportunities. “Bitcoin has brought us great opportunities, especially its positive impact on the San Rafael Tasjera Canton School Center,” he said. The school’s students and teachers found it difficult to commute to and from the school because of its location on the island. Thanks to generous donations, they don’t have to worry about how they get to school anymore — Built with Bitcoin Foundation and bitcoin magazine Donated a boat to the community to make the school more accessible.
Don’s newfound knowledge of bitcoin has led him to learn more about how he can use it in his daily life to better himself and the community around him. He hopes that bitcoin will continue to advance not only his community, but the entire world. “Bitcoin will make things easier and more accessible for all of us,” he said.
Learn more about Don’s story here.
Bitcoins to Include: Nathalie Maria Cortez, San Salvador, El Salvador
While studying international economics at Universidad Francisco Gavidia (UFG), Nathalie decided to take a leap of faith and signed up for Paxful’s first campus tour in the country, to teach students the power of bitcoin and peer-to-peer technology. to be taught about. Nathalie walked away from the seminar, excited and hopeful for both herself and her community. “Bitcoin is a huge strategy for the Salvador dichotomy to grow and grow,” she said.
A few months after the symposium, Paxful announced the opening of “La Casa del Bitcoin” in El Salvador – the home of free bitcoin education for anyone. Nathalie knew she needed to be a part of it.
On the day of La Casa del Bitcoin’s opening, Nathalie got a glimpse of what was to come. “Bitcoin is all about financial inclusion, and now we have a place to learn about it,” she said. From classrooms to working stations, anyone can find their place in La Casa del Bitcoin.
Nathalie has made it her personal mission to further educate those around her about the power of bitcoin. “I currently advise family and relatives on the subject of bitcoin because some people do not have access to banking or the traditional financial system.”
Learn more about Nathalie’s story here.
This is a guest post by Renata Rodrigues. The opinions expressed are solely their own and do not necessarily represent those of BTC Inc. either . reflect the thoughts of bitcoin magazine,