Akalanani Itirleng has been named Botswana’s first Bitcoiner. She believes that the fledgling digital currency has the potential to lift her country out of the current economic quagmire and abject poverty that plagues most sub-saharan African nations. 

While Botswana has certainly progressed over the past 50 years, it still finds itself in the ranks of some of the world’s poorest nations. Unemployment and poverty figures are around 20 percent and life expectancy sits at just 47 years while its economic inequality indicators put Botswana among some of the most notorious nations in the world such as the Dep. Republic of Congo and Niger. 

A New Hope