El Salvador’s new bitcoin wallets could cost Western Union $400 million a year: In 2020, El Salvador received nearly $6 billion in remittances, which accounted for about 23% of its gross domestic product.
1/n
President Nayib Bukele estimates that money services providers like Western Union and MoneyGram will lose $400 million a year in commissions for remittances, thanks to the country’s bitcoin adoption.
Some 70% of the Salvadoran population receives remittance payments. 2/n
Remittances are one area where the status quo in the legacy financial system is terrible, with extraordinarily high fees leveled at populations that can ill afford them 3/n
As part of the rollout, the government has launched its own national virtual wallet — called “Chivo,” or Salvadoran slang for “cool” — which offers no-fee transactions and allows for quick cross-border payments. 4/n
El Salvador is offering $30 worth of free bitcoin to every Salvadoran inside the country who signs up for the Chivo wallet.That’s no small sum in a country where the monthly minimum wage is $365. 5/n
Remittances from abroad comprise nearly a quarter of El Salvador’s GDP, and around 70% of the population receives them. The average monthly remittance transfer is $195, and for the households that receive remittances, it makes up 50% of their total income. 6/n
Wherever you are now, you can send bitcoin to anyone with a Chivo wallet in El Salvador, and in minutes, they have the value and then they can go to one of the 200 new Chivo ATMs the govt has rolled out and withdraw U.S. dollars in cash without a fee 7/n
The president estimates that money service providers like Western Union and MoneyGram will lose $400 million a year in commissions for remittances should the population adopt bitcoin at scale. 8/n
For a country where 70% of citizens do not have access to traditional financial services, Chivo offers a convenient onboarding for those who have never been a part of the banking system.
Lets see how things pan out in the next few months. 9/n

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