Diarissima – Blockchain Fighting for Better Work Conditions for Domestic Workers
It constitutes one of the more undervalued and unappreciated industries for workers in the world: Domestic Services. It’s a level of underappreciation that’s felt and expressed, transcending nations to represent a truly global phenomenon. According to Al Jazeera in October 2017, even in countries like the United States, domestic workers can face systemic abuse. With bullying, terrible wages and increasingly deteriorating work-hours.
For workers in the developing world, the conditions are even more deprived. Eyewitness accounts by the Twitter account @AMinhaEmpregada, who provides an unsettling glimpse into the conditions faced. And with 6.7 million domestic workers within its 201 million strong population: Brazil has a serious problem with it as an industry.
Diarissima – How Blockchain can clean up Domestic Work
One of the fundamental problems with the industry is the level of inefficiency in which it operates. The founders of Crafty have proposed a better alternative through Diarissima, using blockchain technology to break up an ecosystem made up of giants. What this does is creates a system of peer-to-peer hiring; allowing individuals to hire domestic workers directly.
So how does this remedy the issues of abuse and poor working conditions? The key word is transparency. Diarissima and blockchain create a system, in which companies or individual businesses with better reputations are more successful. A system which protects both the worker and recruiter while holding companies with poor practices accountable.
For many workers, wages remain stagnant and low in comparison to the national average. Another area that blockchain helps to solve; with a direct line of contact between both sides. Intermediary fees or hidden charges are no longer an issue, allowing workers to gain a better wage for their quality service.
From Workers, to Teachers. From Brazil, to the World
Crafty’s white paper outlines the grander aspirations of its platform to go beyond. Decentralising the marketplace for workers across the spectrum from nurses, cleaners to teachers and tutors. With millions in Brazil having no access to a bank account, Diarissima strives to cut across socio-economic boundaries as well. Providing workers with a means of making better wages on a completely safe and digital medium.
Crafty wants to see this platform span across a world that still hosts terrible working conditions for domestic workers. And its aspirations are a welcome, disruptive change to an industry in dire need of reform.