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Aave’s GHO stablecoin goes live on Ethereum’s Goerli testnet

Quick Take

  • Aave Companies has launched the GHO stablecoin on Goerli.
  • Users now have access to GHO’s codebase for testing before a possible mainnet rollout.

Aave Companies, the developer behind the Aave DeFi project, has launched the protocol’s native stablecoin called GHO on Goerli, an Ethereum testnet network, the team said on Thursday.

Users wishing to test out GHO on Goerli can now access the stablecoin’s codebase on GitHub, according to the announcement. Today’s deployment on Goerli is part of the planned rollout of the stablecoin on the Ethereum mainnet.

Aave DAO, the community that oversees the Aave protocol, will vote to approve GHO’s official mainnet launch. This will happen at a later date.

GHO, when launched, will be Aave’s native stablecoin pegged to the U.S. dollar. The token will be similar to MakerDAO’s DAI stablecoin in that it will be overcollateralized. This means that users will have to supply collateral in amounts exceeding the value of GHO they wish to mint.

Collateral assets for GHO will also generate yield, according to previously released details about the planned stablecoin. Aave DAO will earn interest payments from borrowers of the stablecoin. All repaid interest will be directed to the Aave DAO treasury, according to Thursday’s update.

The Aave DAO will also control the facilitator set for the GHO stablecoin. Facilitators are those who can mint and burn GHO tokens. Aave Companies recently recommended that the Ethereum V3 pool be the first facilitator upon the GHO mainnet launch.

GHO is among a set of stablecoin projects being released by DeFi-native protocols. Curve Finance also reportedly has plans to release its own stablecoin.