No plan is perfect, no idea will solve every problem. I don't know how to write a business plan to fund basic universal income. I have no idea how we can fix the corrupt Venezuelan government. I do know how to provide $2,000,000 of marketing services for a crypto currency and help 300,000 of the worlds poorest people at the same time.
AlejandroE makes some excellent points here. Getting accurate data will be almost impossible. We don't know how many illegal immigrants are in the country. If a miracle happens and we had accurate numbers from 6 months ago it wouldn't be close to accurate today.
A project like this has never been attempted before. How people will use the crypto once it reaches mass adoptions is unknown. Because of the economic situation and +1000% inflation Venezuela offers the best possible use case for crypto and the cheapest place in the world we can create life long members of our community.
The media attention gained by under taking a project like this would far out weigh the budget needed. Since I launched this idea 10 days ago in New York over 50,000 people have viewed my videos on this topic and there are already 200 volunteers working on discord to see this happen https://discord.gg/SrZmpPM
Nick from Datadash already covered the project in one of his videos and has joined the channel along with cor-devs from large crypto currencies that believe in this project.
Once the idea is funded and I am in Colombia I will be reaching out to the rest of my friends that run youtube channels and conferences to promote it. We are talking about millions of views and a storm on social media. I have 120,000 youtube subscribers, cryptobobby who I was in New York with last weekend has 130,000. Doug Polk is my neighbor has 180,000 and Nick from Datadash has 270,000.
The official Dash channel has 22,000.
Here is what we do know
Cucuta Colombia has a population of 650,000 native residents.
About 1.3 million Venezuelans have registered for a special migration card that allows them to cross the border by day to buy food and other products that are scarce in their own country.
Minimum wage in Colombia is 77,000 pesos ($28) 1.2 million Colombians earn minimum wage. Venezuelans especially people without documents are paid much less.
Is $4 enough to give away? No, I would like to give away 10x more if people here are willing to fund it. Realistically I think $4 is enough money to create a real financial incentive to onboard. It is also enough money for people not to try to "spend it all in once place" and actually use their crypto like a bank.
For a family of 4 this would equal $16. People claiming this crypto will come from lots of different finical situations. Some of these family's only eat 1 meal a day. Do you know how much rice and beans $16 can buy? This is no small gift.
A project this large can be broken down into steps. The first step would be setting up A charity or company, getting legal advice, building systems with checks and balances to prevent fraud, creating educational content, hiring staff and renting an office.
I appreciate everything the Dash community has done so far. I don't want to sound rude or arrogant but I am determine to make this happen. If I can't fund the idea with a major crypto I will find private donors, if I can't find private donors I'll turn to crowd sourcing and if crowd sourcing doesn't work I'll sell all my crypto and do what I can.
where did you find the number of $250 per month as a minimum wage?)
Hello, thanks for your question, and thanks David for bringing this proposal and your desire to help Venezuelans.
Regarding directly to your question: if this proposal gets funded we can (and have to) set up a Dash Help Desk in the building/school in Cucuta where this project is going to take place, so we can help people directly with their questions and tech problems with their wallets. This will be a critical point because even they pass the test, they will have questions and they must be answered in a effective way, most of these refugees have a low educational level and they will need help.
Besides, we have stated that our Support Center (which is located in Caracas) will offer assistance throught calls, email, livechat and social media. First, calls will be local only (Venezuela) and then we have plans to open them to many latam countries in the near future. If this project gets funded we will open our call service inmediately (and obviously for free) so people from Cucuta can call us if they have any question or problem. Also, we can expand our working hours in order to attend all the request (demand of requests will be very high). But we are here to help and we will help David to make this proposal in the best way.
David, you say you have never been in Cucuta before, as I told you on Discord, you have to make a detail market research in order to know what we are going to find in Cucuta. We have to answer these questions:
1- What is the % of Venezuelan living in Cucuta who have a home for living? And which is the % who are homeless? This will give us a better context of the economical situation of Venezuelan living there.
2- What is the % of Venezuelan living in Cucuta that are currently working? and which is the % who are not? And if they are not, why is it? (they cant find a job or they just dont want to?) This question is very important because there are people with bad habits and we have to identify the good ones from the bad ones.
3- What is the % of Venezuelans living in Cucuta who have a smartphone? As you know, many venezuelans who migrate to Cucuta are very poor and are in a bad economic situation, and it is important to know this number in order to prepare the right amount of paper wallets that will be needed.
4- Is 4$ enough? 4$ is 2 weeks of a salary in Venezuela, but this plan is for Colombia, where the min. wage is aprox $250. It is important to ask what can you buy in Cucuta with 4$?
5- With an amibitious project like this, I think you have to run a "test" in a small scale of what you want to do, then learn from that experience and see if it is possible to scale up to 300.000 people. You can contact a NGO in Cucuta and ask them permission to do this first test in its building. You will learn a LOT at a cheap cost and I think many people from the community could donate you some Dash to make this first approach and then submit the proposal with your experience.
This proposal is focused on a extreme massive adoption, and that is why like it so much. You count with my support (Dash Help Venezuela) and I hope we can do this in a very effective way.