Jia Goes Live on Celo with Circle’s Native USDC! 🎉

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4 min readFeb 22, 2024


Hello Friends of Jia and Jia-raffes!

We are excited to share a monumental update from the financial access factory floor: Jia has launched a new pool on Celo powered by its new native USDC integration!

This development marks a new chapter in our mission to revolutionize financial access in emerging markets, bringing innovative solutions to entrepreneurs worldwide.

Grace and Mary sell fruit and vegetables in Kiambu, Kenya. Their business is powered by Jia financing built on the Celo blockchain leveraging its native USDC integration.

Embracing the Power of Native USDC on Celo

Last month, Circle announced its partnership with the Celo ecosystem to deploy native USDC on Celo, the blockchain network renowned for its speed, scalability, and low-cost transactions. Today, we’re proud to join this dynamic ecosystem, leveraging the transformative potential of USDC to drive real-world impact and financial inclusion.

Partnering with Circle, Building a New Financial System

Circle, a global financial technology firm and issuer of USDC, has been instrumental in bringing the benefits of USDC to the Celo ecosystem. Their commitment to leveraging blockchain technology for a more open, equitable, and connected financial future aligns perfectly with our mission at Jia. Together with Circle and the Celo community, we’re paving the way for a more inclusive financial landscape.

Unlocking a World of Possibilities

With native USDC on Celo, Jia is poised to unlock a multitude of possibilities for entrepreneurs and small businesses. From low-cost payments and remittances to 24/7 trading, borrowing, and lending opportunities, our platform offers a gateway to a more inclusive and connected financial future.

Empowering Entrepreneurs Worldwide

At Jia, our mission has always been to empower entrepreneurs like Francis Njoroge, a spice vendor from Githurai, Kenya. With our launch on Celo and native USDC integration, we’re doubling down on our commitment to democratizing finance and creating opportunities for economic growth and prosperity.

More efficient capital flows, lower transaction costs, more seamless and transparent lending operations, and a fairer distribution of wealth are all made possible by the blockchain, making entrepreneurs like Francis’ life better every day.

Joining Forces with Leading Projects

We’re honored to stand alongside a diverse array of projects committed to leveraging native USDC on Celo. From innovative payment solutions to decentralized finance platforms, our collective efforts are reshaping the way individuals access and interact with financial services. Together, we’re paving the way for a more equitable and accessible financial landscape.

We are excited for the prospects of powering financial solutions for users of Celo’s ultralight stablecoin wallet Opera MiniPay, currently available in Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria, and Valora, a self-custody crypto wallet that leverages mobile phone numbers as addresses to simplify payments and remittances. And we are excited to be a part of an ecosystem of partners leveraging native USDC on Celo, including:

  • Ammer Pay — a point-of-sale terminal that supports transactions in crypto using payment cards, NFC, and QR codes
  • Bitmama — a crypto-fiat exchange that allows traders to buy and sell Bitcoin, Ethereum, Celo and other digital assets
  • Centrifuge — an onchain finance platform that allows users to tokenize, manage, and transact with real-world assets
  • Dunia — a payments-as-a-service platform enabling cloud-based, real-time accounts and payments solutions
  • Flowcarbon — a startup focused on boosting the liquidity of the voluntary carbon market
  • Fonbnk — a Web3 on-ramp that allows Africans to obtain cryptocurrency assets by exchanging their airtime credits
  • HaloFi — a user-friendly decentralized finance (DeFi) platform that makes onchain savings and investing easy
  • Huma Finance — a leading on-chain credit platform with $120M+ loans originated
  • Kotani Pay — an on-/off-ramp infrastructure that connects Web3 users to local payment channels across Africa
  • Mento — a decentralized EVM platform used to launch and operate multi-currency stable assets
  • Quipu — an onchain loan platform for entrepreneurs and small businesses
  • Ramp Network — a non-custodial, full-stack infrastructure to seamlessly onboard users into crypto-based apps
  • Ripio — a Latin American crypto services provider
  • Roda — a protocol that provides microloans to Venezuelan migrants living in Colombia
  • Toucan — a bridging protocol that tokenizes carbon credits, making it easier for carbon credits to be bought, sold, and retired
  • Untangled Finance — a tokenized real-world asset marketplace focused on connecting fintech firms with capital markets
  • Valora — a mobile payments application on Celo that aims to unlock access to financial opportunity

Get Involved Today

We invite you to join us on this exciting journey towards a fairer, more inclusive financial future. Whether you’re a liquidity provider, entrepreneur, or enthusiast, there’s a place for you in our growing community. Together, we can drive positive change and unlock new possibilities for individuals and communities around the globe.

Explore Jia’s Celo Pool on Huma Finance

Ready to get started? Explore Jia’s Celo pool on Huma Finance today and be part of the movement to expand financial access worldwide.

Jia’s pool on Celo allows liquidity providers to join us on the journey towards a fairer financial world. By investing in lending pools like the Jia Pioneer Fund Pool, LPs also foster economic development around the world and create a more sustainable and equitable financial landscape. To learn more about these opportunities, visit the Jia Pioneer Fund Pool page or email us invest@jia.xyz.

Visit Jia’s Celo pool on Huma Finance and join the movement to expand financial access!

Follow us @jia_DeFI for more updates and opportunities to get involved!

Thank You for Your Support

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our community, partners like Huma Finance and Circle, and the Celo ecosystem for their unwavering support and collaboration. Together, we’re redefining the future of finance and building a world where financial empowerment knows no bounds.

Thank you Jia-raffes. Here’s to stretching our necks to reach for higher leaves, higher horizons, and continued success and impact! 🦒🦒



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