Why create a Bitcoin Economy in Jericoacoara?
the early days, Bitcoin has promised to allow us to bankroll the unbanked and return the power of governments
and financial institutions to the individual. However, until recently, this promise has remained elusive, but is
is a Small village inside a National Park, 300 km from Fortaleza, on the west coast of Ceará, northeast of
being one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, we do not have a single ATM, and most natives
are excluded from the traditional financial system.
were forgotten by the banks, but now we have Bitcoin.
did the first Brazilian Bitcoin Economy get started?
Since September 7th 2021, when Bitcoin become a legal tender in El Salvador
, Praia Bitcoin Brazil has been encouraging the
locals to understand the characteristics of the FIAT money to conclude that Bitcoin is a safer, faster
and more reliable monetary system. Since our leaders aren't interested in returning power to the people and
removing state control over the currency, those must be a collective effort that be made by society.
Inspired by El Zonte's Bitcoin
Beach experiment and following the ideas of the
Beach Whitepaper, we're promoting several educational and business activities that lead to the mass adoption of Bitcoin as a mean
of exchange. We started by helping local workers, artisans, fishermen, and street artists to create Lightning and On
Chain wallets using an initial donation of 0.02 BTC of our founder. Furthermore, we onboarded
21 local businesses to
accept Bitcoin as payment, providing training and promotional material
Throughout 2022, we
received 1.23 BTC in donations from Bitcoin Beach, Galoy Money, the Channel Palavra of Satoshi and more than 400 anonymous donors.
We spent it implementing the infrastructure of the first public Lightning service provider in Brazil, as well as
developing many open-source tools shared in our GitHub repository.
In November 2022, we created the Fruits for SATs program, which grants us discounts on daily purchases paid in Bitcoin, approximately 100 fruits for 10 sats each have been offered daily to the Students of the Jericoacoara's Public School. All sales were paid via Lightning through the Bitcoin Bolt Card - Genesis Block Edition, distributed free of charge to students and employees, loaded with 2000 SATs each one.
At the beginning of 2023, we did the first Praia Bitcoin Carnaval Conference with 12 speakers and 100 attendees, and we established the world record of P2P payments with the incredible mark of 71 lightning payments in 3 minutes and 33 seconds.
In July 2023, we launched the Bitcoinize Machine crowdfunding campaign on Geyser and In 3 months, the campaign became the highest-funded project ever on the platform. Before the end of 2023, more than 500 bitcoin payment machines were delivered in 31 countries. During this period, Fernando Motolese participated in European conferences in Prague, Amsterdam, Riga, Lugano, and United Arab Emirates evangelizing about Circular Economies, promoting the open-source technology of Bolt Card and the Bitcoinize Machine.
Praia Bitcoin began assisting other circular economies around the world in replicating the Brazilian version of the experiment, using the tools developed in Jericoacoara. In 2024, we hope to consolidate our experiment, leaving a legacy in our local economy and sharing our kwnoledge with the Bitcoin community worldwide.
Praia Bitcoin Brazil Milestones
11/2022 - AWARDED AS THE BIGGEST SOCIAL IMPACT PROJECT
were awarded with B4H
offered by Blockchain
For Humanity Foundation
at 2022 LaBitConf as the project with the greatest
social impact in the world
. We've also reached more than 5500
followers on Twitter
and more than 1600
followers on Instagram
12/2022 - SUCCESS OF PAPER WALLET AND BITCOIN BOLT CARD
We helped more than 300 students from Jericoacoara Public School access their first BTC fractions using
the Praia Bitcoin Paper Wallet
daily in Bitcoin via Lightning Network,
NTAG424 DNA Debit Cards.
Through the Piggy Banks Bailout program, we help students reduce their time preference and understand
the difference between Lightning and OnChain wallets by buying Bitcoin.
COLLABORATION WITH COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD
We collaborate extensively with other bitcoin circular economies such as Bitcoin Beach in El Salvador, Bitcoin Jungle in Costa Rica, Bitcoin Ekasi in South Africa, Bitcoin Kampala in Uganda, Bitcoin Sranan in Suriname and Montanha Bitcoin in São Thome das Letras - Brazil.
01/2023 WE CREATED THE PoS MACHINE TO RECEIVE BITCOIN PAYMENTS
We developed the Bitcoinize Machine, an Android device with NFC capabilities and a thermal printer attached, to ensure visitors and local users easily make payments in Bitcoin with NFC cards.
FOR OTHER SIMILAR INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
We donated several PoS
machines and several NFC cards to communities around the world, and we are helping them to lightning nodes in
Voltage Cloud with BTCPayServer and LNBits to operate the
Bitcoin Bolt Card (debit cards) configured through Bulk Bolt Card Script.
WORLD RECORD OF BITCOIN PAYMENTS 2023 AND 2024
SUPPORT TO BITCOIN UGANDA . ORG AND BITCOIN SURINAME . ORG
Praia Bitcoin on the Press
Praia Bitcoin Brasil recebe apoio
para construir máquinas
Livecoins - 13/09/2023
TASK LIST – Q4/2023
[OK] Continue offering fruit for
10 SATs at the Jericoacoara's Public School
[OK] 10/31/2023 – Lunch Bitcoin
Mountain BR on São Tomé das Letras with 1 node, 2 POS machines, 160 Bolt Cards and fruits for 10
[OK] Establish a company in United Arab Emirates to Serve Bitcoin Circular Economies
[Ok ] Attend 11/10/2023 - Bitcoin Amsterdam Conference
[OK] Attend 19/10/2023 - RAK DAO Launching Event
07/11/2023 - Adopting Bitcoin El Salvador
TASK LIST – Q1/2024
[FORESEEN] Develop a succession and disaster plan
[FORESEEN] Buy and Install Blockstream Satellite Kit
[FORESEEN] Buy and install Sollar Energy Grid
Get Connected with Praia Bitcoin Brazil
Founded by musician Fernando Motolese, Praia Bitcoin Brazil is an initiative that supports Bitcoin-only activities in the real-world economy, aiming to integrate the four pillars of the Bitcoin circular economy: education, spirituality, recreation, and technology.
We're experiencing an unprecedented and fantastic story, which has many volunteers from different parts of the world. A project that is pure proof of work, with long-term and lofty goals that will leave a mark in the history of Bitcoin adoption, helping not only our locals, but also other communities around the world.
If you own a Bitcoin company donating 5 million SATS or more and wish to have your logo listed in the Supporters Section, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and send proof or transaction ID and your logo (.png format, 500x500 px)