A good illustration of life in Venezuela at the moment is given by @hlezama in his post about how retired people have to cue for hours to get their pension, which is not even enough to buy 1 Kg of apples...
What are the hopes for Venezuela in 2020
Some may say that things can only get better but it seems difficult to imagine what could bring about such a development. The corrupt government doesn't seem to care about its people. The opposition is quiet and the economy is still completely broken. The local currency is almost unusable and everything is sold for dollars. Knowing that it is almost impossible for Venezuelans to get these dollars. We can only wonder how they survive.
How steem and crypto can be helpful
Steem and other cryptocurrencies are a real way for Venezuelans to have money that can purchase stuff. Thanks to the exchange orinoco. Venezuelans can exchange Steem or BTC into a local currency with which they can purchase food and other merchandise. Thanks to this external income, some authors on steem manage to help also the people around them. Like @fucho80 who built a project that distributes food to the people most in need in the neighbourhood.
For others like @hendersonp, steem helped him to finance his flight from the country. He lives now in Brasil where he tries to build a new life with his wife.
By helping the people from Venezuela on steem, we can contribute to make their lives and also the lives of the people around them a little bit better.
What is the program @help.venezuela
At christmas 2018, I (@achim03) have created the program @help.venezuela. The idea was to provide to some selected authors from Venezuela a little additional revenue when they post on the steem blockchain. I wanted to be able to help them on a daily basis and that is why I created this program. For these few authors, all their posts would be upvoted by a powerful vote from the account @help.venezuela. The authors were selected according to three factors:
they must be Venezuelans
they must be on steem for several months
they must write quality posts
Unfortunately because of the price of steem, the upvotes lost a bit of their power over time but I believe still that it could make a little difference in their lives.
Here the number of upvotes that have been given throughout the year:
|Author||Number of votes|
There are currently 31 authors from Venezuela in this program. The number of upvotes that they received depends on the time they were taken into the program and also on the amount of posts that they have written.
A big thanks to the delegators of the program
The program has evolved also thanks to the precious aid of some people that have delegated to @help.venezuela:
How powerful was the upvote by @help.venezuela during this year?
At the beginning, the program has started with 750 SP but soon some people delegated additional SP to the program. Thanks to the help of the community, @help.venezuela won a price and a 1 year delegation of 1000 SP. This contest also allowed the program to be better known and we got additional delegations. At the peak the Steem Power at the disposal of the program was around 8000 SP. This gave quite meaningful upvotes. After the hard fork and with lower prices, the program not only saw its voting power diminished, we also lost some important delegations because people powered down. At the end of the year the SP at the disposition of @help.venezuela was 5300. At 100% voting power, this gives an upvote value of around 0.04 Usd.
How will the program evolve?
After the hard fork, the curation rewards became more significant and 100% of these rewards were powered up so that the Steem Power of the account itself has grown constantly to reach 1930 Steem Power by the end of 2019. To face the loss in delegations, I delegated 750 SP to @help.venezuela. We start the year now with 6'126 Steem Power to upvote the posts of the Venezuelan authors.
Do you also want to support the people in Venezuela?
If yes then you can simply follow the curation trail of @help.venezuela on steemauto.
Happy new year to all of you !
P.S: 20% of the payout of this post goes to the account @ph-fund. Ph-fund is part of project.hope. Among many other things, project.hope employs several people from Venezuela and pays them monthly in steem!