"Bitlanders believes in paying the women and girls, who often serve as witnesses of a world they understand better than any journalist, for providing valuable content."
In a recent article on Salon, journalists explain the importance of digital literacy in Afghanistan. bitLanders, through its involvement with Digital Citizen Fund (originally Women's Annex) and its recently launched dedicated donation platform bitCharities, was one of the first to understand this necessity.
The article starts: "Social entrepreneurs Roya Mahboob and Francesco Rulli believe that the end goal of education, digital or otherwise, in a country like Afghanistan is economic independence for women and for the nation," and continues on explaining how bitLanders helps achieve those goals: "Bitlanders, which generates revenue through advertising, pays the women and girls in Bitcoin for blogging on the site. Francesco points out that Facebook leverages user content to make itself and its shareholders wealthy. Using Bitcoin’s virtual currency allows the women and girls to circumvent the dangers associated with traditional currency."
bitCharities.com pursues bitLanders' initiatives by offering a platform where bitLanders 500,000 users can donate Bitcoin (starting from as low as 10 satoshis) to a list of charities, including Digital Citizen Fund or non-profits like Action Against Hunger. 100% of the donations go back to the organizations. Any non-profit interested in opening its donations to Bitcoin is encouraged to join the platform.