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Folks Finance - Case Study

Feb 02, 2024


2 min read


Folks Finance is a non-custodial borrowing and lending protocol that operates on the Algorand blockchain. Folks Finance also introduces the concept of Liquid Governance. Since the introduction of Algorand’s decentralized governance, users must commit their ALGO for a 3 month period to become a governor. During this time, users must maintain their ALGO balance above their committed amount in order to be eligible for rewards, making their ALGO illiquid and effectively locked. This limits users to holding their tokens on Algorand without the option to deploy them in DeFi applications and increase capital efficiency by interacting in other ecosystems.


Folks Finance's Cross-Chain Liquid Governance system aims to solve this problem by introducing a new cross-chain staking derivative for ALGO, powered by Wormhole Messaging. xALGO, a multichain asset powered by Wormhole, brings the first Algorand Liquid Staking Token (LST) to the DeFi ecosystems of BNB Chain and now, Avalanche. This allows users to interact with apps in these ecosystems, while continuing to participate in governance on Algorand.


The launch of xALGO created the first cross-chain DeFi product between BNB Chain and Algorand, increasing liquidity and activity across both ecosystems. It enabled BNB users to interact with an Algorand product for the first time and allowed ALGO holders to explore the BNB ecosystem, expanding the user base and utility of Folks Finance products. xALGO went live on BNB Chain in May 2023, and Avalanche is now the second chain to welcome the premier ALGO liquid staking solution. Powered by Wormhole technology, this is the first Avalanche-Algorand cross-chain DeFi product available.

Folks Finance

non-custodial Algorand borrowing/lending protocol. Introduces Liquid Governance concept. Algorand governance requires 3-month ALGO commitment, maintaining balance for rewards - makes ALGO illiquid/locked. Limits deploying ALGO in DeFi, other ecosystems for capital efficiency.