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    Samwel, Thank you for your excellent work! I share your answers with our Cyfranogi working group for participatory society, open economy and community
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      Samwel, Thank you for your excellent work!
      I share your answers with our Cyfranogi working group for participatory
      society, open economy and community currency. And also with our Mejores Vias
      working group for "finding better ways" and emergency response.

      You have created an excellent questionnaire and collected very thoughtful
      answers. I think these answers will help in your investigation: How I can
      find for myself and live comfortably while helping others? You interviewed
      people in Kenya who you think have achieved that. Now let's think about
      their answers!

      Andrius Kulikauskas, Minciu Sodas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@...
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      Community Currency Emergency Questionnaires
      For those who live comfortably and enjoy their lives.


      What is your Name? Almada Owino Ochola

      How did you get your name?
      My birth day had problems and mother bore me after a struggle, There was a
      cord which covered my head and when the mid wife removed it , she gave me the
      name Owino. The other name is Christian name, which I got at a dedication
      ceremony. And the last name is my father’s.
      When were you born?
      I was born in the year 1945 Feb 14th, I was the 5th born in a family of
      eight children.

      Did you start school at the recommended age? I started school when many
      children my age were going to school because my other brothers had gone to
      school and my side had all the support of my parents. We had to walk long
      distances to school unlike now when schools are many. Were there many schools
      here? No schools were scarce but it depended on the wish of the parents. Did
      your father own cattle? Yes, he had cattle and I could only go to look after
      them when I am free from schoolwork.

      Was your nature of schooling formal or in informal? My schooling was formal
      and my father thought wise to take us to school.

      What activities did you involve in before going to school? At home we could
      only look on our cattle and goats, we didn’t attend preschool and being the
      5th child I had all the support from my older brothers and sisters, I could
      only fetch water and learn how to fish.
      At home when you were young what social activities were you doing? Socially I
      had to any duty but playing football with age mates, I can go weeding and work
      together with my friends.

      Did you always work for your parents alone or you sometimes supported the
      other community members? I had apple time to help my parents with small home
      duties and at the same time help other relatives and community members.

      Where was your school in the rural or Town? I attended a rural primary school
      and joined the famous community secondary here to do my high school studies.
      It was a day school; we didn’t board and had no difference with the primary
      school.

      After your education where did you proceed? I went looking for employment and
      a local politician gave me a job at his petrol station where I went on to
      train as a driver, which secured me the job at a local and international NGO
      (FAO-UN).

      Did you attend any college? No I just trained in driving at our petrol
      station using the Vehicle which was there and applied for Government trade
      test.
      Who supported you in paying your college fees? I attended no college

      I can see, you have amazed some wealth and you are among the fortunate
      community members, how did you get your wealth after your first Job?
      After my first Job, I became I managed to get the job in this NGO as a
      committed employee I went through many promotions and became the head driver,
      managing about the organizations vehicles. It was a good job and earnings
      were not minimal. I had to start savings and this was the base of my wealth
      today.

      Are you married and with children? Yes I am married with children and two
      wives, I mean many children.

      How does your family status affect your day-to-day life? The family affects
      my every day life and savings in very many ways. Paying school fees, food
      when the weather is diverse –give me more additional problems and children
      are competing to finish school but there is no employment. The saved amount
      could not do all the requirements but I have to look for other avenues for
      their support.

      Do you help your family with your wealth? Yes, I try but not their
      satisfaction; many needs of luxuries are too many nowadays.

      In other words, do you help other community members with your wealth? I do
      but having enough to help without somebody’s request is hear we only get
      their request first to give us enough time for organizing such support to
      them. Sometime we only go to fundraisings organized by them to donate for
      their needs.

      Is the wealth you have accumulated enough for you and can make you live
      comfortably? Expectations are always increasing without knowing and nobody
      can say I have enough to support me.

      Is your potentiality felt here in your community as a wealthy person? You
      will only know that when so many people are requesting you material support,
      this when you know people recognize you. This will not signifies your being
      potential in wealth in the community
      Do the community enjoy the support you give them? That is none of my business
      whether they enjoy or not but, God will judge their satisfaction.


      People have preferences for help, what aspects in the community do you always
      support and wish to develop? I always need to support children go to school
      and even help total orphans with food and clothing to make them feel
      comfortable and enjoying life.

      I can see you are fully committed to help others help themselves, do you know
      something about community currency? And, if you know, how do you use it to
      support the community? When I was working for UN-FAO I heard about community
      currency but didn’t know how it is working to uplift communities. So far I am
      retired and still do not know how community currency work to help the
      community.

      Do you know other people who can also do the same and have heard about
      community currency? May be some white men and Europeans whom I worked in
      FAO-UN can know how Community currency work but not here in Kenya OR WHERE WE
      LIVE.
      Can you allow me to have your contact for future communications? Yes

      Thank you my friend for taking your valuable time to answer these questions
      see you later for more help.

      BY:
      Samwel Okech Kongere
      P.o. Box 191, Mbita, 40305, Kenya.
      Email: samkongere2004@...
      Cell Phone: +254725600439
      Website: www.Kongere.tripod.com


      Community Currency Emergency Questionnaires

      What is your Name? I am Kenneth Odoyo.

      How did you get your name?
      I was named after the activity, which was being done during that period when
      I was born, which was weeding. My people give names according the activities,
      occasions and deaths or dreaming of a particular loved one or relative who
      might have died or living.

      When were you born?
      I was born in the year 1949 April 23rd, when people were weeding

      Did you start school at the recommended age? No, during our times we didn’t
      have many schools and schools were very far away and children could not go to
      such long distance schools. Secondly, we were having older people who were
      waiting to beat and scare young children along the way. At home parents
      valued cattle and could not allow the young to leave them with the
      responsibility alone and this made me start school at twelve years older,
      unlike now that many start at as early as three years.

      Was your nature of schooling formal or in informal? As a disabled person I
      could not do well in the formal system and this forced my parents to take me
      to a formal education system and later to a non-formal system. Why? Because
      the informal systems were far away from where we lived. After completing
      grades four of the old system, I joined anon-formal system to proceed in my
      treasured career, what was your treasured career? Shoe maker and repairer.

      What activities did you involve in before going to school? At home I didn’t
      do much activity due to my lame leg and I could only help in making Goat’s
      rope which I started at five years and matured in making the best ropes at
      seven years when I was suppose to start school if it was now.

      At home when you were young what social activities were you doing? Socially I
      could not do much due to walking difficulty, I could walk but not much.

      Did you always work for your parents alone or you sometimes supported the
      other community members? At my age and confined at home I could only help my
      age mates who were having no physical disability learn how to make good ropes
      for their goats and cattle because I was A specialist in making nice ropes.

      Where was your school in the rural or Town? My first school was in the rural
      area but later went and trained in shoe making and repair in the town, this
      made me have broad based Ideas to look forward and went on to train in
      tailoring, which was more lucrative than shoe making which was my initial
      treasured idea. Although I trained also on shoe making and repair.

      After your education where did you proceed? I worked for piece work payment
      at A garment shop in Nairobi for five years before leaving there and started
      my own shoe making and repair shop stall, with the help of my younger brother
      who was more aggressive than me but I trained him in this.

      Did you attend any college? No other experienced people who had come from
      white man’s colleges trained me. So you didn’t get your trade test grade? I
      applied for the government’s grade test later.

      Who supported you in paying your college fees? My parents sold cattle to find
      fees.


      I can see, you have amazed some wealth and you are among the fortunate
      community members, how did you get your wealth after your first Job?
      After my first Job, I became self-employed managing my own repair shop and
      was focusing on how I can have such business back home. This Idea amongst all
      made me save for money that enabled me to buy land and started constructing
      buildings, which later could generate income to me in terms of rent and have
      one to do my own businesses. Building was cheaper and I found myself building
      many houses which people rent now and pay me to do other developments as hotel
      business in one where my family operates, this is where I get my wealth and my
      family support.

      Are you married and with children? Yes I am married with eight children

      How does your family status affect your day-to-day life? My family needs
      could only affect my business at times when I need to pay for school fees and
      when their demands are higher than the income from the houses. And these are
      facts, which can strain the business status.

      Do you help your family with your wealth? Yes they get what ever they need
      from the business.

      In other words, do you help other community members with your wealth? Yes,
      many come in need of help and if I am able I give support in terms of cash or
      material support. Some get the help of food and advice from me.

      Is the wealth you have accumulated enough for you and can make you live
      comfortably? Expectations are higher and saying that it is enough will mean I
      don’t invest again and new developments are there where we must venture
      because business mode is changing every now and again with new techniques.

      Is your potentiality felt here in your community as a wealthy person? I don’t
      know because many are wealthier than me but some might recognize but cannot
      tell me. Competitions are stiff and many learned young men are competing
      much.

      Do the community enjoy the support you give them? Many are thankful and some
      come to thank for the support they get.






      People have preferences for help, what aspects in the community do you always
      support and wish to develop? I always wish to develop skills, this is an area
      where I need many to learn, go to school and develop mentally and invent in
      new technology because what they give now is more from what we got during our
      time.

      I can see you are fully committed to help others help themselves, do you know
      something about community currency? And, if you know, how do you use it to
      support the community? These are may be new terms in business but I am not
      fully sure what it is. Community currency to me may mean money to the
      community, I don’t know and not sure what is it. To us what we give community
      in general without being specific is by fund raising to support them either in
      school fees or any other.

      Do you know other people who can also do the same and have heard about
      community currency? I am not traveled now and getting newer information will
      be very difficult. I don’t know of such people.

      Can you allow me to have your contact for future communications? Yes

      Thank you my friend for taking your valuable time to answer these questions
      see you later for more help.

      BY:
      Samwel Okech Kongere
      P.o. Box 191, Mbita, 40305, Kenya.
      Email: samkongere2004@...
      Cell Phone: +254725600439
      Website: www.Kongere.tripod.com



      Community Currency Emergency Questionnaires

      What is your Name? Mr. Tobby Manuela

      How did you get you name?
      I was named after my parent’s friend who worked with my father in the early
      fifties.
      When were you born?
      I was born in the year 1967 December; I was the 1st child in my family.

      Did you start school at the recommended age? I had lived in the rural and I’
      never taken a considerable time before going to school and I started school
      at 13 years. My mentality when I heard what was happening in schools made me
      quite afraid to go to school.

      Was your nature of schooling formal or in informal? It was formal and many
      children were enjoying at home than going to school, the teachers were very
      cruel and never wanted any child to make any mistake, they enjoyed caning and
      this made me shy mostly in school. They were drilling people the method used
      by the colonialists.

      What activities did you involve in before going to school? I was already
      helping my parents back home with grazing our livestock and could even oar
      our small canoe to fish. Our livelihood back home depended on fishing and I
      had learnt too much in fishing and vested too much interest in fishing than
      going to school.

      At home when you were young what social activities were you doing? We had
      plenty of time to help our parents and even go beyond and help other
      community members..

      Did you always work for your parents alone or you sometimes supported the
      other community members? We were helping them fetch water and even take other
      domestic animals to graze. Neighbors could send us to far places and this
      meant a child was for the whole community not one family, these are the
      social interactions which made us very popular and in need to help socially.

      Where was your school in the rural or Town? I never attended a school in the
      town but have stayed home most of my life.

      After your education where did you proceed? As a young boy who had developed
      interest in fishing, it was never my wish to be frustrated in school and
      this factor made me hate teachers and even what they were teaching us at
      school. I never rhymed with the way the teachers were drilling in the pupils
      to instill discipline on pupils. This made me to drop out at grade four and I
      left education at that level to focus on some issues but not on the academics
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