The lion’s share for everyone
The Leu : Zurich's community-generated additional income for all.
Money for the people, by the people
Since May 2022, the Leu has been strengthening our community as Zurich's local digital currency. Support our three goals simply by using the Leu.
Promote the local and circular economy
The Leu strengthens the local and circular economy in Zurich. By buying local products and services with the digital local currency, we support our neighbors and create a thriving, sustainable economic network. Together, we are building a strong and resilient community.
Support and create equal opportunities
The Leu promotes equal opportunities in Zurich. Through the community basic income, all members of the community receive the same financial support. It doesn't matter what background or status one has. The Leu thus participates in building a fairer society.
Help shape how our money works
The Leu is not a bank, but is governed by its members. This is how we prevent a concentration of power. That is why we attach great importance to co-determination, and everyone who participates in the Leu can help shape how the Leu works best.
No Leu? No problem!
Leu is designed as a community income that you receive regularly if you are an active part of the Leu community. The idea behind it is that everyone should have access to financial resources. To receive Leu, you can participate in so-called gatherings: Download the Encointer Wallet app and scoop ⵐLEU 44.- every ten days.
Alternatively, you can just get your first Leu directly from the website below or in form of voucher at sphères.
Here's how you can get started
In three easy steps, you can get Leu and start shopping with local currency and consuming more sustainably today.
1. Download the App
To become part of the community, you can download the Encointer Wallet app from the playstore of your choice. You have all the functions to start Leu via your wallet.
2. Get Leu
Leu works as a community income. So you can create leu with the community every 10 days. Alternatively, friendly users can also send you leu or apply for your first Leu on our homepage.
3. Shop with Leu
In the Leu ecosystem, there are many acceptance points where you can use Leu as a means of payment. From coffee to sports and food, it's all there. Find your new favourite place!
A leu rarely comes alone
Meet the Community
In the meantime, the Leu has grown into a large community with over 200 active Leu:innen. The community was launched by the Zurich-based association Encointer, which is run on a voluntary basis. The association was founded in 2018 by Alain Brenzikofer. We do not pursue commercial goals and do not aim to make a profit. Our goal is to give as many people as possible worldwide access to a local currency and an unconditional income through the development of open source software.
Some participating businesses
With already over 20 acceptance points in Züri and the surrounding area and many more coming soon, you can find a wide range of products from food to services.
Win new customers
With Leu, the local currency for Zurich, you strengthen local business. You become part of a fast-growing, innovative network of Zurich entrepreneurs. With a focus on social issues and sustainability, you and your company will contribute to a more positive development of the Swiss economy - and of Zurich in particular.