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One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference (CitizenKid)

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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
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Kids Can Press
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Toby
Feb 09, 2009 Toby rated it really liked it
The subtitle of One Hen suggests eligibility for the Jane Addams book award, which prizes children's books that encourage young people to participate in creative solutions to problems. In One Hen, Kojo has a good idea, to use a small loan from village co-op funds to buy a hen: the hen produces eggs, the eggs bring in funds to buy more hens, more eggs, school fees, and eventually a farm, which provides employment and pays taxes that support the entire country. Kojo also makes a loan to another ...more
Dolly
Nov 20, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a true story about a young boy who turns a small loan into a profitable business. The narrative has two layers; a simple, short narrative about what Kojo did, printed in a larger font, followed by a longer narrative explanation of what happened. The story isn't very long, but we still broke it up into two readings (mainly because I was very tired and was starting to fall asleep.)

The illustrations are terrific and complement the story very nicely. We really enjoyed reading this book toge
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NSAndrew Liebergen
Oct 08, 2009 NSAndrew Liebergen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Award winning book
Fantastic art work
Integral pictures to the story
for grades 3-5 but with the topic of microlending easily usable up into high school.

I can see why this one won!

One Hen is the inspiring story Kojo, a young boy from Ghana, Africa. Kojo and his widowed mother collect firewood to sell. They live:

in a mud-walled house with an open fire for cooking. Beside it is a garden where they grow their own food. They never have much money or much to eat.

The families in Kojo’s village come up w
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Ashley
Oct 05, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Katie Smith Milway’s, One Hen, is a must read!

Milway’s impressive resume: partner at the Bridgespan Group, coordinator of community development programs in Africa for Food for the Hungry International, and living and working in Africa for years doing research, made her more than qualified to create an accurate and authentic portrayal of a young Ghanian boy’s life. (http://www.papertigers.org) With an inspirational idea, perseverance, and a small loan, the young boy, Kojo, changes not only his l
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Camille Tesch
Sep 24, 2016 Camille Tesch marked it as to-read
Ages 8-10
Noelle Marie
Nov 28, 2013 Noelle Marie rated it really liked it
Kojo and his mother live in a village in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Since his father died, Kojo has had to quit school and help his mother sell wood in the market. He and his mother never have much money or much food to eat. None of the families in their area have much money but they do have a good idea. Each family plans to save a little money so that one family may buy something important. Each family will take turns borrowing the money. When it is Kojo’s families turn to borrow the money ...more
Danielle
Apr 06, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
One Hen is a story about a young boy, Kojo, living in Africa who is being raised by his mother after his father’s death. They live in a poor, rural village and the boy has to stop going to school in order to help his mother. They gather and sell firewood in the village square. One day the village decides to start saving money and work together to give a loan to each family in turn. When it is Kojo’s families turn his mother buys a cart so they can carry and sell more wood at a time. With the ...more
(NS) Lauren
Sep 26, 2009 (NS) Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: multicultural
Grade Level: 2-4

This whimsically illustrated story about a boy named Kojo in modern-day Ghana, is based on the life of entrepreneur Kwabena Darko. When Kojo asks for the money left-over from a small business loan received by his mother, he buys a hen and begins selling the extra eggs at the market. As time goes on, Kojo is able to turn his profits into additional hens, and raises enough money for school fees. His investment in "one hen" eventually evoloves into the biggest poultry farm in Wester
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Barbara
Dec 28, 2008 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I didn't expect to be adding picture books to GoodReads, but I couldn't resist adding this one. One Hen is the story of a boy living in Ghana whose mother gets a loan to buy a cart so she can carry more wood to the market. Using a few leftover pennies from the loan, Kojo buys a hen so he can sell the eggs. Based on the life of Kwabena Darko, a poor boy who learned to raise chickens and today is a successful poultry producer, the story is really a primer on the microfinance movement. Kwabena Dark ...more
Mitel Patel
One Hen How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway

One Hen is the moving story about Kojo, a young boy from Ghana. Kojo and his widowed mother collect firewood to sell. They live in a mud-walled house with an open fire for cooking. Beside it is a garden where they grow their own food. They never have much money or much to eat. The families in Kojo’s village come up with an idea and from then Kojo’s life starts to change for the better. An exciting story, suitable for KS2. The author does an outstanding job in taking an adult topic and weaving i
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Molly
Aug 22, 2008 Molly rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A good introduction to an incredibly complex topic, One Hen shows readers the impact that a small loan can make on a family and community. The topic of micro finance is timely, but the issue of poverty is nothing new. The difference here, is that the message is hopeful; the message isn't that the world's poor need only handouts and pity, it is with a little bit of help and hope, anyone can be empowered.

The lengthy text is a bit weighty, but the short verse running throughout makes a nice trunca
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This was an inspiring story about how a small monetary loan to a boy in Africa snowballed into economic prosperity not only for the man the boy became, but for those around him, and, ultimately, his country. Apparently there are organizations you can contribute money to that give out small, low-interest loans to individuals in third-world countries to help them better themselves economically. Most interesting... and highly recommended!
Olivia Evans
Nov 22, 2016 Olivia Evans rated it really liked it
Plot Summary: This story is a perfect example of how a small loan can lead to a huge change for someone who really wants it. This book also received the Notable books for global society distinction and was on the Notable social studies list. Kojo is a motivated young boy from Ghana who works hard every day to support himself and mother. After losing his father, Kojo is left to care for the family which is extremely hard since they live in poverty-stricken area. Kojo and his mother work hard to ...more
Jordan Croom
One Hen, is the story of a young boy named Kojo that lives in Ghana with his mother. After the death of his father Kojo is forced to drop out of school in order to help his mother collect wood so that they can make a living. In the small community that Kojo and his mother live in, everyone works together to help each other live the best lives that they can. One their own, they are all too poor to buy the things that they need in order to make more money, so they all take turns taking out loans ...more
Amber Griesmer
Nov 02, 2010 Amber Griesmer rated it it was amazing
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Ally Copper
"One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference" by Katie Smith Milway is such an excellent book for young children to read! Though it is in a picture book format, the text is similar, in quantity and rigor, to that of an easy reader or a beginning chapter book. This won't be a quick read for children, but it will be educational and rewarding. Kojo and his mother are very poor Ghanaians who often do not have enough to eat. "One Hen" is NOT a book about how rich Westerners come into Ghana to ...more
Michelle McBeth
Jan 12, 2015 Michelle McBeth rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Kaitlyn
Dec 09, 2014 Kaitlyn rated it it was amazing
I love this book’s colorful illustrations. It is a fun way to deliver factual information to students about different cultures. This story starts out with a boy named Kojo he lives in a small, poor village in Ghana. He has to stop going to school so that he can help his mother and raise some money. Kojo decides to use a little money, borrowed from his mother, to buy a hen. He hopes to eat the hen’s eggs and sell some eggs in order to raise more money. Eventually, the hen starts to lay eggs for ...more
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Kids Can Press continues its winning formula of informational picture books with One Hen. It follows in the style of If the World Were A Village, Tree of Life and One Well. I find these books extremely appealing, both for their design and their content. One Hen tells us the story of Kojo, a boy in an African village who uses a small loan from the families in his village to buy a chicken. From this modest beginning, Kojo grows up to be a successful egg farmer who has helped to bring prosperity to ...more
Randy Z
May 01, 2011 Randy Z rated it it was amazing
This book called One Hen written by Katie Smith Milway is a really fascinating book telling how a kid made one small little loan that changed his whole life, his family's life, and his village.
The little boy Kojo lived in a poor village and in a poor little family. His dad died when he was very young and now only had his mother. Since no one in the family had enough money to send Kojo to school anymore, he had to quit and help his mother to work. Their job was to carry firewood to different pl
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Ms.Vee
Jun 29, 2015 Ms.Vee rated it it was amazing
One Hen: How one small loan made a big difference by Katie Smith Milway is aNon-Fiction story set in Ghana.I like this book for its multicultural information about economies outside the United States and the life and struggles families must faces in another country. I choose this book for its positive story about how good choices and hard work can create opportunities and improve not only a child’s life but a families and towns existence. This book is a great example of paying it forward and how ...more
Elizabeth Byers
This book was about a young boy named Kojo who lived in a small village in Ghana, Africa. One by one, the twenty families that comprise the small village decide to all save a bit of money and lend the money to other families so that they can buy something they need. When it is finally Kojo’s mother’s turn to borrow the money to buy something, she buys a cart so that they can take more firewood to the market to sell. Kojo decides to invest in a hen. the rest of the story tells about his journey ...more
Samantha
Jun 30, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing
This is about a boy called Kojo, he lives in Ghana and has had to give up school to help his mother as they are really struggling and don't have much money. One day Kojo gets a loan and he decides to buy a hen, this hen produces eggs, he sells these at the market which he then buys more hens with. eventually he has enough money to buy a farm, which provides employment and begins to support the country.

This is an excellent book for all ages as for smaller children it begins to give them an insig
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Hamant R
Nov 09, 2010 Hamant R rated it it was amazing
Kojo's neighborhood wasn't exactly the higher class neighborhood, it was rather more poor than other villages. His mom had to work as hard as she could after Kojo's dad past away so Kojo had to quit school and help his mother out to keep them from going poor.
One day his mom got a loan from the other people in the village, the people in the villgae had come up of a way to make everyone in their village to have a few extra dollars by giving each other loans. So when it was Kojo's moms turn to ge
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Chechoui
Jul 04, 2013 Chechoui rated it it was amazing
This impressive book is a must for every school, library and home. Parents: Go out and buy this book! This book tells the tale of a boy who borrows money to buy a hen to support his widowed mother and from there he learns lessons and builds upon it until he owns the largest chicken factory and all of Ghana. What's so impressive about this book if it's written very much at the level that children understand and it teaches such valuable lessons. It teaches the value of money, of family, of work, ...more
Jodysegal
Apr 26, 2009 Jodysegal rated it it was amazing
I wish the rating system didn't go from "I really liked it" to "it was amazing." There's a lot of room in between for some excellent books. To me, One Hen is one of them. One Hen tells the inspiring story of a young Ghanian boy who lives in a village that decides to pool its money so individual families can borrow the money to invest in building small businesses that will better support their families. When each family repays its loan, the fund moves on to the next family.

Kojo and his mother fi
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Kay Carman
Feb 23, 2016 Kay Carman rated it liked it
I recently read an article (but not can't remember where) listing books that were about children making a difference in their world, and also developing compassion in children. I put the books on reserve and this is the first from the list that I've read.

It tells the story of a young boy who borrows a small amount of money from his mother to buy a hen. He plans to increase the amount of food available to him and his mother, and to sell some eggs at market. As years go by he's able to buy more h
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Jasmine Lambert
Nov 29, 2015 Jasmine Lambert rated it it was amazing
Author Katie Smith Milway tells the story of Kojo who is a small boy who grew up in small town in Ghana. Her story reflects the life story of a real boy who is a man now by the name of Kwabena Darko. Kojo is raised in Kenya with just his mother, after his father dies he is forced to quit school and help his mother work and travel to and from the market to sell goods and make money. He and his mother never make much money or have much to eat, nor do any of the people in their village community. ...more
Shaeley Santiago
Apr 15, 2011 Shaeley Santiago rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Based on the real life story of Kwabena Darko, a poor young boy, Kojo, and his mother live in the Ashanti region of Ghana. The villagers decide to pool their money together for a loan so one family at a time can buy something important. When its her turn, Kojo's mother buys a cart to haul more firewood to the market. Kojo takes a few leftover coins and buys a hen. Eventually that hen leads to an egg business which allows Kojo to buy more hens. By now, he is making enough money from selling all ...more
Nancy
Mar 07, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: international
Published: 2008, Kids Can Press
Age: 7-10
Young Kojo lives in Ghana in a small Ashanti village. He had to quit school and help his mother sell firewood at the market because his father died. They are very poor. The village has a system where they offer small loans. Each family takes a turn borrowing the money to improve their lives. When the money is paid back another family can borrow the money. When it is Kojo’s mother’s turn, she buys a cart to carry the wood and Kojo gets a little that is left
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