Click to order now!One Hen
By Katie Smith Milway
Inspired by true events, One Hen follows 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. This help comes in the form of a microloan, a lending system for people in developing countries who have no collateral and no access to conventional banking. Microloans have begun to receive more media attention in recent years. In 2006 Muhammad Yunus, a Bangledeshi economist who pioneered microloan banking, won the Nobel Peace Prize.The final pages of One Hen explain the microloan system and include a list of relevant organizations for children to explore.
Be sure to visit www.onehen.org for teacher guides and resources.
Service Learning Ideas are throughout this book as we understand the microfinance system.
“An inviting text and bright acrylic artwork on oversize pages follow Kojo, a rural Ashanti boy, as he builds a poultry farm with a small loan.”— School Library Journa,l Starred Review
“… Kojo’s inspiring, upbeat microfinance story makes the economic concept easy to grasp and admire. Sunny acrylic illustrations [and]impressionistic full-page art …”— BooklistJune 2008
“Fernandes’s large acrylic paintings … include numerous details … [and] spark the imagination. This distinguished book will enhance many curriculum areas.”— School Library Journal, Starred Review
“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
Kids Can Press Hardcover 32 pages All Ages