Friday, July 26, 2013

One Hen

 One Hen

How One Small Loan Made A Big Difference

By Katie Smith Milway

Published by Kids Can Press, 2008

This is a book which deserves a place in every school and every family's bookcase.

One of the key concepts taught at my youngest daughter's school is the realisation that we are all global citizens and that what affects one country may well have an effect on countries across the globe.  However unlikely we may think it, a small action to help one person or family can have far-reaching consequences, and thoughtfulness for the needs and living situations of others can make a huge difference.

This is the story of how a micro-loan made a massive difference to one family, and it is based on the true story of a young lad who lived in Ghana, who received a very small loan which enabled him to buy a hen. By selling the eggs, he was able in time to build up a flock of hens, giving food for his family and earning money from the sale of eggs which enabled him to go back to school and get an education. Gradually he was able to buy a farm, employ people and also to make loans to other people to fund projects, the same way he had been helped. He used his hard-earned wealth wisely and made a huge difference to his community, encouraging those he helped to help others in turn.

It is an inspiring, delightful and heart-warming story as well as a way of  introducing children to the concepts of determination, hard work, kindness, responsibility towards others and the quite incredible value of micro-loans to those in developing countries.  It is a colourful, highly illustrated book which is eye-catching, attractive and fun to read for adults and children alike.

I cannot praise this book too highly!

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