Grassroots Economics' is building and supporting systems that empower communities to digitally create their own financial systems based on local goods and services in regional markets that are built from the ground up. Sarafu Network is the premier CIC system in Kenya.

Distributed ledger technology provides underlying protocols to secure user accounts and USSD technology enables any cell phone (even without internet) to have access.

Sarafu-Network Token

  1. Sarafu infrastructure is supported by humanitarian orgs and allows anyone in Kenya to acess the network.
  2. The more Sarafu circulates the more it builds resilient local economies and support vulnerable households.
  3. Holding fees (in Sarafu) encourage users to spend their Sarafu. These fees then supply further funding for basic income in Sarafu.
  4. Humanitarian orgs use Sarafu trade data to identify weak spots for capacity building.
  5. Note that no Kenyan Shillings are exchanged for Sarafu

Build your own Community Inclusion Currency (CIC)

  1. A community identifies projects and productive capacity (goods and services) that will back their CIC which is a mutual credit for that community.
  2. A supply of such a CIC can be added to a community liquidity pool that connects it to other CICs or the whole Sarafu network.
  3. Note that no Kenyan Shillings are exchanged for Sarafu or CIC and no Kenyan Shillings are used from community or chama accounts.

The full Sarafu Network

  1. Sarafu acts as a basic income while also providing a way for people to connect CICs together
  2. Users can exchange various CICs among each other so communities can create support networks among themselves.

Next Steps

Based on results from research the Grassroots Economics team and partners are looking forward to the following:

Next steps:

  • Develop the blockchain contracts for the Sarafu token with demurrage.
  • Enable communities to create their own interconnected tokens (no connection to Kenyan Shillings)
  • Develop web-based non-custodial systems (wallets and token creation interfaces)
  • Document and enable more interoperability with other protocols, APIs chat bots, market places
  • Develop Voting systems for governance and tax (demurrage) redistribution
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures for humanitarian organizations.
  • Develop different reserve pools (network tokens (Sarafu), stable tokens, carbon credits).
  • Develop parametric triggers for aid injection
  • Develop an SDG Impact Index related to CIC transaction data (categories, gender .. )