Binance Backed Xend (DeFi) And Binance Smart Chain-Built Company Launches Out of Africa
Backed By Binance And Google Launchpad, Xend Finance Is The World’s First DeFi Credit Union and Cooperative Platform Targeting Users In Underserved Regions
MARCH 22, 2021, Enugu, Nigeria — Xend Finance, the first decentralized finance (DeFi) platform for credit unions and cooperatives, today announced their mainnet launch, opening up the ability for credit unions to be able to access DeFi for their members. Individuals will also be able to use the Xend Finance platform on their own to create cooperatives and Esusu groups, a traditional African way of rotating savings. Xend Finance is the first DeFi company to launch out of Africa and the first to be built on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC), a high-speed blockchain that allows smart contract functionality and compatibility with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) blockchain, while reducing gas fees.
“Africa is one of the most important continents, representing the future and emergence of DeFi and blockchain capabilities,” said CZ, CEO of Binance. “We are very excited about the mainnet launch of Xend Finance, with a team we backed early on that has a strong foothold in Africa and have been strong advocates for what Binance Smart Chain can accomplish. With their platform, they are able to bring stable currency and DeFi investment opportunities to those who normally wouldn’t have them.”
DeFi, or Decentralized Finance, provides peer-to-peer alternatives to traditional financial services and institutions. The Xend Finance platform brings DeFi and higher APYs (Annual Percentage Yields) to members by eliminating intermediaries, central oversight, and removing technical knowledge, making financial markets more accessible to underserved communities.
Along with the mainnet launch, Xend Finance is also introducing the $XEND token through a Token Generation Event (TGE) on Balancer that launches today. The $XEND token rewards users of the Xend Finance platform for performing different operations in the protocol, as well as allows a decentralized governance of the Xend Finance ecosystem.
“The problem for the citizens of many countries in Africa is that their currency valuations fluctuate wildly, often devaluing greatly compared to other regions,” said Ugochukwu Aronu, CEO of Xend Finance. “Through our platform and Binance Smart Chain, people can channel their savings into stable currencies, without worry that their money will devalue overnight, and earn higher interest rates through DeFi. We are very excited that blockchain will have a positive impact on the people of Africa.”
About Xend Finance
Xend Finance provides the tools and platform for a decentralized financial credit union, regardless of geographic location and home country currency. Members can earn multiple levels of interests on their savings by seamlessly exchanging their crypto or fiat currency to stable cryptocurrencies and staking – the process of locking up crypto assets to earn yields – on lending platforms so members can earn compound interest on their money. The Xend Finance platform is the world’s first decentralized finance (DeFi) credit union.
The team is made up of experienced professionals with backgrounds in mathematics, finance, cryptography, and blockchain development, working for some of Africa’s largest employers, including KPMG, Chevron, and Stanbic Bank. Xend Finance is backed by Binance, Google Launchpad, NGC Ventures, Hashkey, and AU21 Capital, amongst others, and is headquartered in Enugu, Nigeria.
Binance is the world’s leading blockchain and cryptocurrency infrastructure provider with a financial product suite that includes the largest digital asset exchange by volume. Trusted by millions worldwide, the Binance platform is dedicated to increasing the freedom of money for users, and features an unmatched portfolio of crypto products and offerings, including: trading and finance, education, data and research, social good, investment and incubation, decentralization and infrastructure solutions, and more. For more information, visit: https://www.binance.com/
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