How El Salvador Is Fixing Chivo Wallet, Trying To Get Bitcoin Adoption Back On Track Today

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When Bitcoin became legal tender in El Salvador, thousands of keen Salvadorans awaited to download the country’s government-furnished Bitcoin wallet, Chivo. However, within hours, it became clear that the hyperbitcoinization process would not be painless, as users experienced download delays, challenges in the identity verification process and problems transacting over the Lightning Network with Chivo.

Chivo’s challenges became even more pronounced as El Salvador held the Adopting Bitcoin and The Latin America Bitcoin & Blockchain conferences, and many international Bitcoiners attempted to transact with Chivo. Finally, due to several user complaints and bugs in the Chivo system, the Salvadoran government reached out to the U.S.-based company AlphaPoint to address the numerous reported pain points.