From their Indiegogo announcement – “uSwapia is a fun and frugal way to trade goods and services in your hometown. You can meet new people, find cool stuff, and help strengthen community ties in your area.
It is a platform that takes the age-old concept of bartering and brings it into the 21st century. Bartering has so many benefits: it’s cheap, it improves communities, and it’s a way for you to find new adventures and learn new skills, all while meeting great people in your neighborhood. There’s a problem, however, with the old-fashioned barter system: it’s hard to find someone you trust who has what you want, who is also willing to accept what you have.
This is where uSwapia comes in.
We want to create something new – something like bartering – and make it accessible to everyone, essentially unlocking the good neighbor and entrepreneur in us all. You can trade what you are good at for what you need or want, and it doesn’t have to be a one-to-one trade. We are harnessing the power of online collaboration to enable an easier, more flexible, and truly fun experience.
With uSwapia, we hope to unlock all kinds of potential in local communities. People will support each other more with peer-to-peer trades, all while improving the “social fabric” of their neighborhood.
Don’t think you have anything to offer? Think again. These are some of the ideas people have come up with already. (And we challenge you to come up with your own too!):
Give someone a one hour massage
Cook a meal for someone
Provide help with someone’s taxes
Rent out your fancy high-tech camera for a day
Do a teeth cleaning or dental work for someone (hopefully you’re a dentist!)
Provide some business advice
Give a golf lesson
Teach somebody useful Italian phrases for an hour or two
Our philosophy is that everybody on this planet can do something that is productive and helpful. Sometimes it just takes a little thought to realize what it is you’re good at that someone else may not be, or may not have time to do on their own.”