One of the goals of my non-profit initiative Bitcoin for Fairness is to bring Bitcoin infrastructure to countries where these kinds of devices aren’t available yet. In May 2022 I brought a device called Raspiblitz, which is a Bitcoin and Lightning node to Bitcoin Ekasi in South Africa. It’s up and running now, which means that they are a part of the network, can validate their transactions thus making them their own bank.
Our first #Bitcoin #LightningNetwork node ⚡️💥— Bitcoin Ekasi (@BitcoinEkasi) June 21, 2022
👉For now, educational purposes only👈
Senior Coach @LuthandoSABTC will learn while managing it, with the expert guidance of @ExonumiaAfrica🤝
Huge thanks to @AnitaPosch @BFFbtc and @fulmolightning for this awesome donation🧡🙏🤩 https://t.co/Pyp1Z9yWTS pic.twitter.com/AkA5w3UVZk
Zambia has its first Raspiblitz now too. I’m looking forward to see them being connected with Bitcoin Ekasi and the rest of the network soon. It was also donated by my community!
Running your own node means one is validating not only transactions but also the rules of the network. One can say: “Your node, your rules” it’s the top level in the staircase of financial sovereignty. Most people not even reach the level of “Your keys, your coins”, where they custody their own seed phrase. Often it’s lack of knowledge or lack of a secure device to store their keys, that’s where Trezor comes in. The Czech company donated some Model One hardware wallets, which I gave to Zambian Bitcoiners.
You like my work and efforts with Bitcoin for Fairness to foster Bitcoin adoption on the ground in the Global South? It’s all community powered and funded by donations. Feel free to support our campaign with a donation, send sats to our lightning address firstname.lastname@example.org or send fiat money on Patreon.