One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith MilwayOne Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway

One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference

byKatie Smith MilwayIllustratorEugenie Fernandes

Hardcover | February 1, 2008

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Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many.

After his father died, Kojo had to quit school to help his mother collect firewood to sell at the market. When his mother receives a loan from some village families, she gives a little money to her son. With this tiny loan, Kojo buys a hen.

A year later, Kojo has built up a flock of 25 hens. With his earnings Kojo is able to return to school. Soon Kojo's farm grows to become the largest in the region.

Kojo's story is inspired by the life of Kwabena Darko, who as a boy started a tiny poultry farm just like Kojo's, which later grew to be the largest in Ghana, and one of the largest in west Africa. Kwabena also started a trust that gives out small loans to people who cannot get a loan from a bank.

One Hen shows what happens when a little help makes a big difference. The final pages of One Hen explain the microloan system and include a list of relevant organizations for children to explore.

One Hen is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.
Katie Smith Milway, a native of Vancouver, B.C., has coordinated community development programs in Africa and Latin America for Food for the Hungry; consulted on village banking in Senegal with World Vision and was a delegate to the 1992 Earth Summit. She has written books and articles on sustainable development and is currently a part...
Title:One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big DifferenceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 12.25 × 9.25 × 0.38 inPublished:February 1, 2008Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554530288

ISBN - 13:9781554530281

Appropriate for ages: 8


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! This was such an inspiring book! I really enjoy reading this.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't Miss This is a great book. The story is very meaningful and will help young children understand giving and borrowing money for small businesses. It is an uplifting story that inspires generosity. The illustations are beautiful and the website is interactive and fun for kids - a great extension of the story.
Date published: 2008-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little things can make a difference! I can't tell you how beautifully illustrated it is, so you have to go into a store to pick it up and see for yourself. I highly recommend it for the beauty and the message as well! A book full of hope.
Date published: 2008-04-10

Editorial Reviews

The vibrant folkish art by Eugenie Fernandes bursts with color and texture and enhances this uplifting tale of the power of giving someone a chance.-Detroit Free Press