Signing event with the inspiration for and author of One Hen!
Kwabena "Kojo" Darko, the true-life hero of Katie Smith Milway's best-selling children's book, One Hen: How One Small Loan Made A Big Difference, will visit Wellesley Books. As a boy, Kwabena received a small loan and started a tiny poultry farm in Ghana, which later grew into one of the largest in West Africa. This is an exciting chance to meet a man who has inspired so many and buy a copy of the book for him to sign. Learn more about Kwabena and his non-profit agency at onehen.org.
Katie Smith Milway, a native of Vancouver, B.C., has coordinated community development programs in Africa and Latin America for Food for the Hungry; consulted on village banking in Senegal with World Vision and was a delegate to the 1992 Earth Summit. She has written books and articles on sustainable development and is currently a partner at nonprofit consultancy The Bridgespan Group, based in Boston, Massachusetts.Eugenie Fernandes is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator. Her many works include the Little Mouse series, Earth Magic, One Hen and Kitten's Spring. She lives in southern Ontario.
ABOUT "ONE HEN: HOW ONE SMALL LOAN MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE"
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.
*Buy your copy from Wellesley Books to get it signed by the author