HesabPay utilizes Algorand blockchain to facilitate6K daily transactions to combat Afghan humanitarian crisis
SINGAPORE, September 21, 2022 -- The Algorand Foundation, whose mission is to empower the ecosystem of Algorand, the carbon-negative Layer 1 blockchain invented by Turing Award winner and MIT professor Silvio Micali, today announced that Afghan e-payment solution HesabPay has successfully migrated to the platform. HesabPay’s migration, which was funded through the Foundation’s grant program, is expected to stimulate about 6,000 transactions daily and impact tens of thousands of Afghans, especially women, in dire need of access to payments.
Utilizing the Algorand blockchain as a settlement layer, HesabPay users will benefit from its Pure Proof-of-Stake (PPoS) consensus mechanism which enables near-zero cost transactions that settle within 4.5 seconds. This is expected to increase the ease and efficiency in which HesabPay connects international aid organizations to the citizens of Afghanistan.
“Afghanistan’s liquidity has been drastically constrained by a paralyzed banking sector, frozen assets and an acute shortage of physical currency notes. Equipping HesabPay with a fast, reliable and cost-effective settlement layer is critical to moving international aid into the hands of those who need it most.”
- Matt Keller, Director of Impact and Inclusion at the Algorand Foundation.
While only 6% of Afghans have bank accounts, there are 27 million mobile phones in use, of which over 9 million are smartphones. HesabPay has been utilized by over a dozen humanitarian organizations to send funds directly to beneficiaries in urgent need, across all 400 districts and 34 provinces of Afghanistan. This includes a program to support over 5,000 female-headed households in some of the most remote areas of Badghis and Faryab.
"With 98% of Afghanistan’s population under the poverty line and withdrawal of expenditures that accompanied international forces, starvation looms for many as drought and global food prices spike. Algorand Foundation shares our passion and commitment for applying the power of blockchain technology to alleviate suffering by efficiently distributing financial aid with unsurpassed security.”
- Sanzar Kakar, the creator of HesabPay.
HesabPay’s migration from Stellar to Algorand has been completed.
The Algorand blockchain — designed by MIT professor and Turing Award winning cryptographer Silvio Micali — is uniquely capable of delivering on the promise of a borderless global economy. It achieves transaction throughputs at the speed of traditional finance, but with immediate finality, near zero transaction costs, and on a 24/7 basis. Its carbon-neutral platform and unique pure proof-of-stake consensus mechanism solves for the "blockchain trilemma" by achieving both security and scalability on a decentralized protocol, and without a second of downtime since it went live in 2019.
The Algorand Foundation is dedicated to helping fulfill the global promise of the Algorand blockchain by taking responsibility for its sound monetary supply economics, decentralized governance, and healthy and prosperous open-source ecosystem. For more information, visit https://algorand.foundation
HesabPay is Afghanistan’s first interoperable e-payments solution and works together with Afghanistan Payments Systems (APS), commercials banks, and mobile network operators to handle daily transactions. HesabPay makes payments simpler and more efficient, enabling the transfer of funds, bill pay, donations, e-taxation, payroll, and more.
Available on Android, iOS, and Web in English, Pashto, and Dari.
Prosek Partners, on behalf of Algorand Foundation