One Hen and a Small Loan Made a Big Difference in a Community and So Can You and I

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One Hen Clucked at Me from a Book Shelf in the Waiting Room

I ran across this book quite by accident. My housemate had spent a few days in the hospital and I accompanied him to a follow-up doctor visit. I was sitting in the waiting room when all of a sudden it seemed I heard the voice of a clucking chicken. Seriously! And no, I do not generally hear voices in my head, other than my own!

My attention was drawn to a display case generously stocked with a variety of children’s books. I followed the cackling and reached out to discover I’d quieted the beckoning when I selected the book, One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, from the bookshelf.

Once our visit with my friend’s doctor was over and done with, I asked the receptionist if I could borrow the book, explaining I wanted to read it for review purposes. She said yes with a wave of her hand as though she could have cared less. I promised to return it, and I shall.

Arriving home and reading the inside flap, I noticed a “This Book Belongs To…” label with a stamp of the medical facility, and best of all it stated where the book came from – Bring me A Book Franklin, Inc. Time for me to do a bit of research on this book loan of mine!

I discovered that BMAB Franklin is an organization in which one of its programs is Build Me A Book, donating bookcases as well as books to numerous facilities here in Franklin County, Florida. I am committed to learning more about this organization and possibly becoming a volunteer in the future.

Reading the Book “One Hen” May Be the Inspiration a Child Needs

I firmly believe the books we read as kids are often the things that inspire us to greater heights and deeds, as children, as well as later in life.

Children have that special knack for observing a need in another and fulfilling it. We adults seem to become callous to the needs of others and I have found the best remedy for that is to go back in time to our world of make-believe and innocence. Once there, we are able to recall our childhood dreams for the impoverished, ourselves and all others, and rebirth our desire to believe we can indeed make a difference.

This is the House that Kojo Built – One Hen at a Time

As the true story goes, it all began with a type of microfinance loan. Under the organization Opportunity International, wherein a small amount of money is loaned, along with training and resources to empower the borrower, and the promise to pay back the loan. Once the loan is repaid it is now available for the next person, and so forth.

This information is clearly stated in the final pages of the book, after the children’s story has been beautifully illustrated and told. I find this a wonderful wealth of additional information.

Finding this to be similar to the Kiva organization, I have chosen to automatically donate a percentage of the proceeds of this web page to Kiva, made possible through the Squidoo Charity Partners program. Thus, I thank you for your visit here today.

The Video Tells a Short Version of the Storybook Tale of Kojo and His Mission to Change the World

The boy Kojo had a vision to make a difference – not just in his little world nor that of his family. His dream traveled far from that first little loan and that first brown hen.

And one day, Kojo passed that loan forward to another. And so it went until a little bit of money and a whole lot of hard work, produced by a desire to believe, helped to build a community and a new world for its citizens.

One Needs Only the Desire to Believe

Each book pictured here on this page is presented as one story, one tale of making a difference glory. One loan, one family, one child--making a difference to one community, one world.

It is not about whether one can make a difference, it is about whether one will make a difference. We need only the desire to believe. Then, we shall.

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Change the World Before Bedtime, perhaps.

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Now that I have passed the story of my kid’s book loan along to you, I wonder… Will you be passing the book One Hen, and its microfinance concept, forward to another?

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  • skiesgreen Mar 10, 2014 @ 6:38 pm
    Nice review and interesting story. Well done.
  • DaisyDixon Feb 06, 2014 @ 12:14 pm
    I have a spreadsheet with a list of all the books I'd like to get for the boys, or read to them. This is definitely going on there!
  • Lewisgirl Feb 04, 2014 @ 3:57 pm
    Great concept. Thanks for sharing.
  • sierradawn Jan 27, 2014 @ 12:14 am
    I find your selection of " One Hen" to be absolutely perfect! I am very familiar with the true life experience this book relates, as well as the rich wealth of endless inspirational stories coming out of "Opportunity International" with its transforming microfinance principal. I also "firmly believe the books we read as kids are often the things that inspire us to greater heights and deeds, as children, as well as later in life."
  • marsha32 Jan 24, 2014 @ 11:07 pm
    Pretty nifty when a book calls out to you.
  • DeniseMcGill Jan 24, 2014 @ 12:03 am
    Very inspirational.
  • twobullsproject Jan 23, 2014 @ 8:31 pm
    Great lens! Thanks for the inspiration!
  • TeacherPat Jan 22, 2014 @ 7:19 pm
    Great lens! Very inspiring.
  • Jan 22, 2014 @ 11:22 am
    Off to a great start as the Kids Book Contributor! Thanks for being a guiding light for me as a lensmaster!
  • mel-kav Jan 21, 2014 @ 5:47 pm
    Great review. And congrats on Lens of the Day!
  • mbgphoto Jan 21, 2014 @ 11:22 am
    Excellent review! Congrats!
  • RenaissanceWoman2010 Jan 21, 2014 @ 11:08 am
    I love that you were honored for this review. We can all make a difference in the world with the powerful gift of microfinance. I do support Kiva and similar organizations. Congrats!
  • nightbear Jan 21, 2014 @ 2:44 am
    congratulations and well deserved recognition.
  • DebMartin Jan 20, 2014 @ 9:43 pm
    You bet. And microfinance is one of my Squidoo charities.
  • LynnKK Jan 20, 2014 @ 7:22 pm
    Great life view -- thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention!
  • sybil-watson Jan 20, 2014 @ 3:34 pm
    Absolutely! I work in an elementary school and this book would be a great addition to our library.
  • jsr54 Jan 20, 2014 @ 1:16 pm
    What a great cause through the story. I noticed a bookshelf similar to this at one of our doctor's offices and it was support by Half Pint Books a part of Half Price Books. They donate excess children's books and cases to offices as such. The next group of kids books we were finished with I just brought right over to the doctor's office and added them to the shelf.
  • d-artist Jan 20, 2014 @ 1:10 pm
    Congrats on PROTD! Sweet book...I love causes like this. At Christmas I always donate a chicken, goat or lamb through another can be such a wonderful help to needy communities and a fulfilling feeling.
  • Papier Jan 20, 2014 @ 1:10 pm
    Simply wonderful and generous idea. We can teach so much in such little ways and still move mountains.
  • sierradawn Jan 27, 2014 @ 12:03 am
    So beautifully put, Papier!
  • Brite-Ideas Jan 20, 2014 @ 12:52 pm
    Wonderful Book and cause, so glad you brought to our attention too
  • masunyoananda Jan 20, 2014 @ 12:33 pm
    Ya sure. Thanks a lot for this wonderful sharing of yours Ruthi and Congrats for the LoTD...:)
  • Ruthi Jan 20, 2014 @ 12:36 pm
    Delighted to share my book review of One Hen and delighted to have Squidoo bestow the honor of Product Review of the Day (PROTD) upon it. Thank you!
  • calconcrete Jan 20, 2014 @ 12:23 pm
    Delightful review.

  • adventuretravelshop Jan 20, 2014 @ 12:16 pm
    I certainly will! What a brilliant story. Thanks for sharing. Well done for LoTD
  • happynutritionist Jan 20, 2014 @ 11:49 am
    If the right young person comes along, but for now, I'll give it a tweet:-) Wonderful positive outcome from a doctors visit.
  • getmoreinfo Jan 20, 2014 @ 11:31 am
    Great review and I like the story, thanks for sharing.
  • OhMe Jan 20, 2014 @ 9:26 am
    I had not heard of this book and it sure sounds wonderful. I loved reading your review!
  • Mommie-Moola Jan 20, 2014 @ 9:14 am
    Sounds like that book found it's way into your hands for a reason!
  • Merrci Jan 20, 2014 @ 8:55 am
    What a wonderful book and a wonderful idea. Our children have such great imaginations. I bet this book help them put it use! LOVE the idea of one small loan that is reused over and over as it's paid off. That's inspirational for adults too! Excellent lens!
  • Wednesday_Elf Jan 20, 2014 @ 8:46 am
    Returning to say this page is an 'excellent' choice for "Review of the Day". Well done.
  • Cercis Jan 20, 2014 @ 8:45 am
    Excellent lens! Another group devoted to bringing books to those who have none is World Book Night (
  • campingman Jan 20, 2014 @ 8:44 am
    Nice job and as always, well written
  • Wednesday_Elf Jan 19, 2014 @ 11:54 am
    Fascinating that you learned about this 'Opportunity' organization through a borrowed children's book. As you've lovingly pointed out here, a children's story is much more than just bedtime entertainment - it can become a lifelong teaching, learning and motivation tool.
  • Sylvestermouse Jan 19, 2014 @ 9:36 am
    This is fabulous, or should I say fantabulous! I love the message behind the story that a little help can go a long way and touch many lives. I love the teaching power behind a lot of children's books!
  • BearTale Jan 19, 2014 @ 8:11 am
    What a cool, socially responsible story. I'm going to start reading children books. And I don't have kids!
  • Ruthi Jan 19, 2014 @ 11:11 am
    Children's books are the best to read! It's a blessing of books to take us back or forward to places we wish to go, and it's amazing how re-reading a book from our childhood rebirths our dreams.