One Hen

One Hen

How One Small Loan Made A Big Difference

Book - 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.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Kids Can Press, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781554530281
Characteristics: 32 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Additional Contributors: Fernandes, Eugenie 1943-


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Jan 31, 2015

I would recommend this book be read to all Grade 1 to 4 classes. It's the story of how one child can make a big difference in their community. a Forest of Reading Nomination from 2010

Jan 12, 2015

This is the story of a little boy named Kojo who lives in a village in Ghana, Africa. He and his mother are very poor. He has to work to provide food and is no longer able to afford to go to school. But he lives in a community with a loan program. The community pools its resources and loans what little is available to one family who buys something that enables them to make more money. They then pay the loan back and the money moves on to the next family. Kojo uses a little bit of his mother's share to buy a hen. He then sells the eggs at the market. From this he grows his business and improves their lives. He finally can afford to go to school where he learns enough to go to college and study agriculture. From there he gets a loan from a bank to open his own chicken farm and then to hire workers. He starts a loan program of his own where he lends small amounts to local people who want to start or grow a business.

The illustrations in this book are very colorful and at times fantastical--On one page several women are illustrated as chickens. The pictures are done with different perspective sizes on the same page--A large person with a mouse sized elephant.

The story is a wonderful introduction to several topics. First children can learn about the life of people living in Africa. They also learn about giving to improve the lives of people around the world. Finally, there is quite a bit about finance. This story shows how a person can start with one hen and end up with an entire chicken farm. There are several pages in the back where the author talks about village loan programs and how people can contribute to them.

This story is very long and at times complicated. It is advertized for grades 3-7 which is a good age range. The text was a bit dry for a children's book, but overall interesting and inspiring.

Nov 04, 2014

As a parent of a 4 and almost-6-year-old, I thought this was a fabulous way to introduce so many thoughts and ideas: poverty, generosity, hard work, foresight, positive change in a community, and a different country/customs. The story was engaging and also gave us many opportunities to talk about all these big and small ideas. I would highly recommend this book for parents and children alike for inspiration!

orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

This is about one boy who from one small hen was able to create an entire flock.

Mar 31, 2009

i love books

Mar 30, 2009

this was a great book and i really like the lesson in it

Mar 28, 2009

It's amazing how one hen could lead to a HUGE buisness.

Mar 27, 2009

I thought this was a great book! It is amazing what one hen can do to change somebody's life.

Mar 25, 2009

This is a good book it is abot a boy who gets a hen.

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orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

orange_dolphin_185 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

Kojo took a loan to buy one chicken and with the eggs he sold he was able to pay off the loan and buy more hens the more he bought the more eggs he had to sell the more money he made and he was even able to use the money to go to school.


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orange_dolphin_185 May 27, 2014

And it all started with one small loan to buy one brown hen


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