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About The Kuwa Foundation

Kuwa - "to be" in Swahili

Economically disadvantaged people usually don't have passports or drivers licenses. They also often live in countries where the government is corrupt. Consequently, it would be unwise to rely on those governments to identify their citizens. We formed The Kuwa Foundation (TKF) to create an open, decentralized and self-sovereign identification platform that works for anyone, not just people who live in rich countries.

Significant evidence shows that distributing an unconditional basic income is the most effective way to fight poverty (look here, here and here). The ability to accurately identify unique humans is perhaps the most important technical element for any basic income project. Creating an effective ID system, especially one that is resistant to corruption or capture by malevolent actors, is extremely difficult. But because the benefits that such a platform would make possible are so significant, we had to try.

In partnership with the Center for Data Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, we have embarked on an effort to implement a "Kuwa-driven Basic Income Faucet." Five Master of Science candidates from the school have joined TKF. By the end of August 2018, we will release our first open source implementation and publish a white paper detailing our experiences.

In addition to having a close working partnership with the University of Massachusetts, we are also an Industry Affiliate of the Center for Data Science.

The Kuwa Foundation Inc is a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation. The United States Internal Revenue Service has classified us as a private non-profit foundation under Section 501(c)(3), which means that your donations are tax deductible. You can contact us by email at:

The Crypto UBI Project (TCUP)

In partnership with the University of Massachusetts, we developed a cryptocurrency "faucet" to deliver a universal basic income (UBI). As part of the project, we implemented an initial version of the Kuwa identity sytem. Check out a high-level description of TCUP (pronounced "teacup").

Try the "alpha" version of the Kuwa ID platform.

Register for a basic income.

Our Team

We are a group of technologists, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, investors, and software engineers. We are recruiting additional teammates with broadly differing backgrounds and believe that a diversity of viewpoints will be critical to our success.