New Digital Currency, Stellar, Aims for Financial Inclusion for Girls in South Africa


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  • Stellar is inspired by the crypto-currency, Bitcoin, but is designed as an intermediary between conventional currencies or assets
  • Targeted towards girls in South Africa to educate them on financial decisions as part of their existing social networking experience, with rewards in form of airtime minutes
  • Features are powered by a text based mobile technology, Vumi, used by UNICEF, USAID and Gates Foundation
  • Current supporters of Stellar include Stripe and Praekelt Foundation in South Africa; could expand to Indonesia in coming months
  • Success of service will depend on regulatory approval and wider adoption by other agencies with similar objectives

Stellar (Sources:;; MIT Technology Review)

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Aditya Khurjekar


Aditya Khurjekar is CEO and founder at MEDICI (formerly LTP, Let’s Talk Payments), the trusted source for global FinTech insights and ecosystem engagement.

Previously, Aditya was a founder of Money20/20, and on the the founding team at Softcard, the mobile commerce joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon. Aditya also held a number of leadership positions at Verizon Wireless, CSG Systems, Lucent Technologies and Bell Laboratories.

Aditya holds an MBA in Finance & Management from New York University and an MS in Electrical Engineering. He lives in Charlotte, NC and works with teams all over the world.