“To change the world start with one step. However small, the first step is hardest of all. Once you get your gate, you’ll be walking tall.”
~The Dave Matthews Band
We recently read an AWESOME book called “One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference”, by Katie Smith Milway. Now, prior to reading, we did some predicting. It was HARD for us to figure out HOW one hen could make such a big difference, and there were some pretty ENTERTAINING predictions. Maybe the hen became a beloved pet. Perhaps the hen fed the family with the eggs she was able to produce. Possibly, she became the alarm clock to wake the family up each morning. IMAGINE our SURPRISE as we began to delve DEEPER into the story.
“Have you ever read a book called One Hen? This is a book about hope. If you didn’t, you should. It’s a good book! It all started like this. There was a boy named Kojo and he lived in a mud house. At the start, he was poor. The people in his village saved money until they had a lot because then with that money, a family could borrow it and use it to buy something important. And, when they are done, they should pay it back. This was something really smart. It’s like the “Lion Lights”, (at the end of this blog post). When there was only a few coins left, Kojo used that money and bought a chubby hen that looked like it was gonna have fun laying eggs. He didn’t eat it. He let it lay a lot of eggs. And, guess what? It laid five eggs the first week he bought it! When it laid enough eggs, he gave some of them to his neighbours. Soon, they had enough to give some out to the country! One loan CAN make a difference and I think Kojo knew that!” ~Lauren
“There was a boy named Kojo. It is a story, but there is a REAL boy who did this too. He is a boy who lives in Africa. He lives in a developing country. You should read One Hen today. It is a really amazing book. He changed their village. When it was their turn to buy something useful with the community money, his mom got a cart to take to the market with fire wood in it. He asked his mom if he could go and buy something with the left over money. His mom said yes so he went to a farm. When he got there he was looking for a hen that looked like it would enjoy laying eggs!” ~Elijah
“I liked One Hen because it was so amazing how they were really poor so they got a loan. They only had a few pennies and bought one HEN! AND, it almost changed the whole COUNTRY! I really WISH that I could do that! I also bet that it was SUPER hard to take care of those chickens and collecting all those eggs. I didn’t know HOW he could change the whole community by just buying one hen but now I GET how he changed everything because he got a lot of eggs and he could sell the eggs and PAY people with them. When he was older he became a chicken farmer. I truthfully think he was GOOD … he was PERSEVERING and hard working! I hope one day I could do that.” ~Chris
“Have you read the book One Hen? It is about a boy named Kojo and how one loan can make a big difference. You should read it! Kojo bought a hen. After a couple of months, the hen laid several smooth brown eggs. Then, Kojo sold them at his stand. Soon, he would have 25 hens. When he did, Kojo went to a bank but the manager did not want to lend him the money. But, that did not stop Kojo. Kojo talked to the top manager. When they were done the manager gave him the loan and Kojo builds a farm for all his chickens!” ~Tre
“Today we read One Hen. It is about a kid named Kojo. Kojo lived in a mud house. He bought a hen. The hen changed his life. A few years later, Kojo got married. He had three boys and two girls. Kojo and his mom had to do a lot of work but when Kojo bought the hen it changed his life.” ~Constantine
“One Hen is about a boy named Kojo. Kojo bought a hen with a loan. That hen will grow to at LEAST 900 hens. Then, later, that 900 will grow to at LEAST 1100 hens. Wouldn’t that be CRAZY?!? If you want to read it, you can borrow it from a library! Kojo is a boy that lives in Africa. His village is very poor. But, his village of 20 families had an idea! The idea was: they work hard and then they basically give one family the money. THEN, the family that got the loan buys something important. But, when the family has enough money, they repay the people back with the money. When it was Kojo’s family’s turn to have the loan, his mom bought a cart. There was left over money, so Kojo asked his mom for it. His mom thought very, very, VERY hard. She muttered, “Should I, or should I not?” But, the pleading look on his face convinced her. “Oh, alright!”, she finally burst out. “YAY!”, cried Kojo. He snatched it out of his mom’s hands. He raced straight for the nearest chicken farm, which was two hours away. Once he got there he jumped into a chicken coup and saw a moon-white chicken pecking at his foot. Then, he saw a pitch black hen with speckled feathers. Then, he saw a plump, fat chicken that was browner than brown. Kojo exclaimed, “That, THAT is my hen!” so, Kojo paid for that fat plump hen!” ~AJ
“This afternoon we read One Hen. It was about a kid named Kojo and he bought a hen. Kojo started selling eggs. Kojo and him mom ate the eggs too. When Kojo had enough money saved up he wanted to build a chicken farm. Kojo’s father died so he had to quit school. With the money from the loan, Kojo’s mother bought a cart to sell her fire wood. When Kojo was older he went to the city bank and asked for a loan for 900 chickens. Kojo made his life better by buying a hen!” ~Danny
“Kojo is a boy in a book we read. (It is a good book!) This is kind of the story. (This story takes place in Africa, by the way!) When Kojo was fairly little his father had died. Ever since then he has not had education! That’s only because he had to help his mother with the house work. Kojo and his mother live in a mud house! In fact, they are so poor that they have an open fire in their home! Beside their home is a garden where they grow their food. One of Kojo’s favourite meals is fufu, which is a meal made mainly with cassava and yams. He and his mother eat it the most of all their meals. Kojo and his mother live in a village in the Ashanti region of Ghana. None of the few families in the village have very much money but they are sharing a great idea! Each family will save some money so that others can borrow it and pay it back when they have enough!” Ella
“One day, Kojo bought a hen. He helped the village. Kojo and his mother ate the eggs. Kojo built a farm. He worked at the farm.” ~Cemre
“We just read the story of One Hen today. It was about a boy named Kojo. He lived in Africa. One day Kojo’s mom got money but she had to pay it back. So, she bought a cart to sell fire wood. With the extra cash, Kojo bought a dark brown hen.” ~Tyler
“Wow! Instead of buying a video game or something Kojo REALLY wanted with the few pennies he had, he bought a chubby brown hen! I LOVE this picture book because it’s about ONE boy who believed that he could change his village! If you read One Hen … you’ll know what I mean!” ~Rebecca
“One day, when Kojo was a little boy, he bought a hen and took it home and made a home for the hen. The village didn’t have enough food to eat. Their houses were made of mud. When Kojo was bigger he had lots and lots of hens so he gave to the people in his village. He was not poor anymore.” ~Zubayda
“WOW! What a GREAT story. The book is called One Hen. The story starts with a boy who lives in Africa. The boy’s name is Kojo. Kojo lives in a mud house. He is very poor … but every once in a while the people in the village give a family some money and that family gets to buy something important. When it’s Kojo’s turn … his mother buys a cart so they can carry fire wood to the market. Kojo sees the left over money and asks his mother if he can buy something of his own. He bought himself a FIRE brown chicken! The chicken does not lay ANY eggs for the first two days … but … on the third day Kojo finds three smooth shiny milky brown eggs! He discovers that each and every day he finds more and more and even MORE eggs filling the chocolate covered basket.” ~Jayden
“Today we read the fantastic book called One Hen. It was AWESOME! It is about how one person can make a difference! Want me to tell you the story? It goes like this: Once there was a boy that was named Kojo. Kojo used to go to school but one day his father died. Then, Kojo had to quit school and work so his family can live. Kojo had to cut wood then go to the market to sell it. Kojo lived in a mud house. In Kojo’s town they have saved some extra money so if someone wants to buy something important they could use the extra money that the town saved. Then, the person that used the money has to pay it back. When it is Kojo’s mom’s turn, she bought a cart for transportation but she had some left over money. All of a sudden, Kojo asked his mom if he could buy something. Kojo bought a brown hen. Next, the hen laid eggs. Then, Kojo sold them at the market. He began to do that every day. He began to get richer and richer. He paid the money back that his family borrowed from his town. He went to the bank and asked for some more money. The bank gave him the money. Kojo bought a farm and 90 chickens. A lot of people go to Kojo’s farm to work.” ~James
“I don’t think Kojo’s name should have been Kojo. I think it should have been Perseverance because he was incredibly persevering! But, he couldn’t have done it without all the time consuming help from everyone such as: the community, the customers, the teachers and, most of all, his mother. This story reminds me a lot of difference stories like: The Girl Who Could Fly, The Little Engine Who Could and a true story with Richard and the lions, (see below), because they all showed a TON of perseverance. Just think if one little hen could make such a big difference think of how big a difference all 14 billion chickens on the earth could make! Yep! That’s right. There are 14 billion chickens on earth. Don’t you think that story was amazing how one little loan changed the lives of so many people? I really want to do something like that soon. Do you?” ~Ben
“My favourite part was when Kojo bought a hen with some left over money so that when the hen lays eggs, they can either eat the eggs or sell the eggs. Do you know who Kojo is? Well, he is a kid that can’t go to school any more because his father died and he now has to stay home and take call of things. One day he bought a hen. He sells the eggs to get more money. One day he went to the bank to borrow money. The bank manager said, at first, “Why you you need the money?” Kojo said all the things he knew about and the bank manager had a frown on his face. He didn’t look happy. Then, the face turned nice and he gave him more money to buy 900 hens. He really had lots of eggs to sell at the market.” ~Joyce
“There once was a boy named Kojo. He started out poor and he went and bought a tree branch brown chicken to feed his family. Kojo’s dad died when he was a baby. He lives in a mud house in Africa. Their main meal is made from cassava and yams. Kojo had to quit school because he had to help his mom collect wood to sell at the market. When Kojo got older he got a scholarship for school because his mom didn’t need help any more. Kojo got to go to school. I can’t believe that one hen made a big difference. Can you?” ~Rayann
“This story is about a boy who made a big, big, BIG difference. The boy’s name was Kojo and he made a difference with one hen! The one hen laid eggs and since it laid eggs it made more and more and more hens! Kojo grew up to be a very good man. Do you wonder if Kojo’s story is real? Well, you’ll find out if you read the book!” ~Nick
“I think that it took a lot of confidence for Kojo. He looked like he couldn’t. Have you read the book One Hen? It is about this little boy who used some of the village pennies. Kojo kept selling eggs to everyone. When he got quite a bit older he started to hire people because he had so many eggs it was hard to take care of. They were not super wealthy.” ~Davis
“Once upon a time there was a boy named Kojo. He lived with his mom. His dad died. He lived in a mud house and he never got to go to school anymore because he had hundreds of jobs to work on. One day everybody in the village decided to so something related to a fundraiser so the families in the village would make a titch of money to give to a family that needs it for important things for living in the village. Once Kojo’s mom got the money that the village raised, she used that money to get a cart. The wood on the cart was hazelnut brown and it was enormous! Kojo changed the village with his enthusiastic dream for becoming a farmer and the little money he got to buy his hen. I guess that hen was not just a normal or ordinary hen to him. I’m sure that hen was actually special to him. He made a huge difference to his village but also to the world. His hen laid some eggs. He grabbed them carefully and walked to the market.” ~Amro
“Once there was a boy named Kojo. He lived in a mud house in Africa. He bought a chubby brown HEN and he got it with 2 or 3 cents! And, that is how the hen changed his life! In one week his hen laid eggs and he and his mom ate one each. Soon Kojo started to sell the eggs. Next, he had enough money to get another HEN!!! The next day it was Kojo’s mother’s turn to get something important. She got a wagon to carry more fire wood to sell. Soon, Kojo could get MORE hens!” ~Christopher
“In One Hen there is a boy named Kojo. He had to quit school since his father died. Now he has to help his mother do EVERYTHING!!! Every once in a while out of 20 families ONE family gets to borrow money to buy something that is really important that they need that they don’t have. When it was Kojo’s mother’s turn she bought a cart and when she paid them back she still had some money left. She gave it to Kojo. Kojo bought one chubby brown hen. Then, Kojo and his mother could sell eggs at the market. Kojo kept getting more hens when he got a loan. Soon, Kojo got so many hens he made a farm. Then, he married someone and he sold eggs mostly everywhere in his country! Soon he was a grandpa and when his youngest grandson asked, “Where do the eggs go?”, Kojo said, “Your future!” ~Chelsea
WOW! One Hen CAN make a difference … to EVERYONE’S future! We are INSPIRED by stories of people who take the bull by the horns and PERSEVERE to bring about change … ONE step at a TIME!
Richard Turere is ANOTHER boy who made a HUGE difference in his community! We read about him several days ago and the Battalion Hawk Bloggers are STILL struck by his creative inventiveness! Since they mentioned him SEVERAL times in their thoughts above, we thought we should include a link for you to check out too. If you click on his name, at the start of this paragraph, you TOO will be amazed at this young man’s ingenious creation. He didn’t do it with CHICKENS … but he sure showed ingenuity and perseverance with HIS invention to save the family fortune. HIS creativity is SPREADING throughout Kenya!
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
We’ve decided to look at chickens in a whole NEW light … as the animals that COULD end hunger … if we SHARE! After all, in David J Smith’s latest version of “If the World Were a Village” there are 700 chickens for EACH hundred people living in our global village! There are DEFINITELY enough to go around!
- Have you read any good books that inspire people to make small changes that become BIG changes?
- Can you think of any OTHER ways for people to make a difference?
- Do you know of anyone who has done something like Kojo or Richard Turere? We would LOVE to hear about it!