Blockchain folk hero Nandi Martin wants to build a better community for Haitians in Miami
Haiti is a Western Caribbean country torn apart by a tragic past, natural disasters, weak leadership and ineffective foreign aid. When people think of blockchain, they are not the country they think of. According to data from the World Bank, Haiti has been one of the poorest countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita for many years.
But Haiti-Canadian entrepreneur Nandy Martin (commonly known as Captain Haiti because he wanders the streets of the community in superhero costume and iconic shield props) has ambitious goals to change this situation .Martin operates on the sunny land of his humble residence in Miami’s Little Haiti, in Cardano blockchain As a measure to clean up his community, promote the adoption of commercial encryption, and use it as a means to promote imports from Haiti. In an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph, the Haitian captain discussed the dynamics of the small Haitian coin and the future technical roadmap of the project.
Haitian captain and Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson |source: Charles Hoskinson via Twitter
United Telegram: What inspired you to create the Little Haitian Coin and this adventure?
Haitian Captain: There are many non-profit organizations in Haitian society. Finally, I will say that for at least 60 to 70 years, despite their best efforts, the situation has gotten worse. So my attitude towards this country is completely capitalist, and I integrate it into the world economic system. This is why I created the Little Haitian Coin to allow people there to enter the era of encryption. Therefore, the commodities and precious minerals we have in Haiti can have a tool to trade them all over the world, take care of our people through our social plan, and so on.
CT: How do you turn this vision into reality?
CH: We created 1 million small Haitian coins on the Cardano blockchain. Following our approach, we have acquired a 5,000 square foot facility and partnership in Little Haiti, so its residents can come and install a wallet where they will receive a Little Haiti coin. Therefore, the goal of the facility is to allow people to install wallets and allow them to buy products or products or commodities from Haiti. Therefore, the purpose of the token is to provide residents of Little Haiti with a 10% to 100% discount on goods imported from Haiti around the world.
CT: So how much remittance flows from Haiti to the small Haitian community in Miami?
CH: Our goal is to send a quarter of the money from Haitians around the world to Haiti, or US$1 billion. This is a very good question. Because remittances to Haiti accounted for 36% of Haiti’s GDP. The first stage is to let local business suppliers own Little Haiti Coin, and we hope to accept this in our advertisements. For this, we contacted Jeffrey Watson, the commissioner of Miami’s 5th District. He also provided US$200,000 to 40 local companies to help import Haitian products and provide them to tourists visiting Little Haiti.
CT: How is the progress of the Little Haitian Coin?
CH: The first use of the new Haitian coin was to clean up the community. Okay, because this is an economically difficult area. So do you have a lot of littering? We work with the City of Miami, and anyone can sponsor $3 to clean up a square foot of Haiti. What you receive and reward is a small Haitian coin. In doing so, we have cleared more than 300,000 square feet of Haiti.
CT: So, among all the blockchains, why did you specifically choose Cardano to launch the Little Haitian Coin?
CH: After meeting Charles Hoskinson, at that moment, I knew that there was such an innovative person, someone who already existed in this world, and described that the world longed for that person to be so humble and willing to participate and play. People with shields and so on. So I had to study Cardano in depth. Then I discovered that Cardano’s mission is to help large organizations like small organizations and people like me create a better world. So I think I have a small Haitian coin home in Cardano.
CT: Where do you think the technology will go in a year or two?
CH: Yes, the project is progressing very quickly. The first thing is that I created the Captain Haitian game token on Binance Chain to promote cryptocurrency to the world. We will release it on January 1.We have already had 10,000 downloads game In the Play Store.
Captain Haiti game screenshots | Source: Haitian Captain
All we have to do is let the children play. When the children are playing, we are burning the circulating supply. That’s the question, hey, what is circulating supply? What is inflation? What is deflation? It also involves educating and changing people’s perceptions of Haiti.
Then there are the Cardano beach facilities. Therefore, we provide you with NFTs, just like you rent a square foot contract, for example, a shared work space. Once we have a center, we will invite everyone to create their Cardano ID in Little Haiti.