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Monday, June 24, 2013

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

Release Date - January 2009

Katie Smith Milway
Eugenie Fernandes
A & C Black Publishers

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

After Kojo's father died, he had to step up and become the man of their house in Ghana. This meant dropping out of school and spending much of his day gathering firewood for his mother to sell at market.

Their village in Ghana pools money for people to borrow for important expenditures. When Kojo's mother borrows money to buy a cart that allows her to bring more firewood to the market, Kojo asks for the remaining money to buy a hen. Soon his one purchase is bringing in a steady income that allows him to add to his flock. That one small investment may be what it takes to completely change Kojo's life.

I love the simple lesson taught in One Hen. While the loans in Kojo's town were small, they truly mattered. That's important for children to learn. Some of the best business ideas came from simple ideas that didn't cost a fortune.

With colorful illustrations, descriptive narrative, and a story that spans generations, One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference is a delightful story that's worth owning.

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