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With 2.1 million users already, will Chivo wallet surpass the banks in El Salvador

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El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele recently took a dig at those spreading FUD against him. At press time, his Twitter bio read, “El Dictador más cool del mundo mundial” roughly translated to “the coolest dictator in the world.”

“Chivo” means “cool” in Salvadoran slang and on that note, Bukele tweeted that El Salvador’s state crypto wallet, Chivo had reached 2.1 million active users.

However, global FUD looked like an issue that El Salvador’s administration will face for some time.

Crossing two million

Perhaps expecting the question, Bukele’s tweet made a distinction between 2.1 million active users and 2.1 million app downloads. The President went on to announce that Chivo had more users than any bank in the country, and could soon have more users than all the banks in El Salvador combined.

If his vision comes true, Bukele could claim a famous ambition in the crypto community: banking the unbanked.

Bukele had also noted Bitcoin’s price drop and let the world know that he was “buying the dip.”

What is the next step?

Bukele has bold plans for the country. Apart from turning El Salvador into a crypto hub to encourage investment, he also had also shared plans to offer eco-friendly Bitcoin mining facilities a few months ago.

Another measure to boost enterprise included not taxing foreign Bitcoin investors on capital increase or income.

Despite these strategies, other countries may not be ready to follow. Governments worldwide have noted El Salvador’s Anti-Bitcoin protests. Even India’s finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke about the same in a recent interview and questioned the transparency of digital currency.

About El Salvador recognizing Bitcoin as an official currency, The Blockchain LatAm Report 2021 by Sherlock Communications, stated,

“Half of Latin Americans agreed that this was a good idea overall, and 43% said they thought that their country should follow suit. A certain level of ambivalence was noted, with 37% in the region neither agreeing or disagreeing that it was a good idea overall, together with 34% who did not state whether or not they thought their own country should follow suit.”

Lightning Network FUD

In recent days, crypto influencers and experts have clashed when it came to assessing the Lightning Network.

DeFi company chairman Vinny Lingham voiced concerns that the Lightning Network was “too complicated” and that “ordinary people” would not use it. However, Bitcoin expert and show host Peter McCormack seemed to suggest that the technology would soon take off.

Meanwhile, MicroStrategy CEO, Michael Saylor responded to Bukele’s above tweet.

The Blockchain LatAm Report 2021 also noted,

“Almost one in five respondents (18%) in Latin America said they would be more favourable towards cryptocurrencies if they saw more media reports showcasing positive case studies and success stories, a little less than 21% twelve months ago.”


Sahana is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. She has a Masters in Journalism and her areas of study include crypto-regulation, digital society, privacy, and intersectionality. Ask her about film photography and philately.
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