By, Elise Polentes, One Hen intern
Kidpreneurs are springing up left and right! Here are a few of the American youth whose socially-minded businesses have made headlines in recent years. Their stories inspire One Hen students to dream big, work hard, and give back!
4 Kidpreneurs Who are Using their Businesses to Help OthersWhen Eddy Zhong was just 16 years old, he developed the Spark, a watch that uses doze detection to prevent narcoleptics from falling asleep. Just a few years later, Zhong’s company has grossed over $70,000! Continue reading 4 Kidpreneurs Who are Using their Businesses to Help Others
By, Courtenay Cabot Venton, International Development Economist and One Hen’s Director of Intentional Programs, and Elie Calhoun, ICT4D specialist, Director of Code Innovation
International aid is often criticized for being slow and inefficient. Countries and organizations pour their money into development projects that are often difficult to scale. They succeed in one community or country and then require massive investment to replicate their success in new places — almost like starting from scratch.
Technology is increasingly being used to push back against the status quo to create newer, faster and better ways of doing things. Technology has the potential to radically transform aid by putting access to information and tools directly in the hands of the poor and giving them the power to improve their own lives. It’s not about new technology as much as it is about using innovative approaches to get the solutions we already have to where they’re needed most — to the poorest, most vulnerable communities in the world.
Access to mobile technology is transforming our ability to reach the poorest of the poor. In 2013, nearly two-thirds of households in 23 sub-Saharan Africa nations had at least one mobile phone, and these figures are growing rapidly.
Continue reading Technology for Development: Shifting the Status Quo in Africa
By, Danielle Gagnon
BOSTON — It’s an age-old problem for parents: how to get their children to do chores and practice good hygiene habits.
But thanks to a new product called The Creature Teachers, this problem could be a thing of the past. The Creature Teachers are programmable stuffed animals that remind children to brush their teeth, wash the dishes and do their homework.
But the Creature Teachers aren’t the “latest product sold in toy stores everywhere.” They are the creation of three students who developed the plan for their dream business last month, during a Social Entrepreneurship Camp at the British International School of Boston (BISB).
Continue reading One Hen’s Camp Debut
By, Evelyn Hartz
What did you want to be when you grew up? An all-star athlete? An actress? A super hero?
What about a social entrepreneur?
One Hen, Inc. sprung from a children’s book highlighting the impact one person can make, regardless of age. The book tells the story of Kojo, a West African boy, who receives a small loan to buy a hen. The hen lays eggs, which enables Kojo to buy more hens and eventually become a successful poultry farmer. As a result, Kojo becomes a provider and community leader for his entire village.
Continue reading Come Celebrate Social Entrepreneurship with One Hen
By, Courtenay Cabot Venton, One Hen’s Director of International Programs
I meet Meseret in a town in Ethiopia called Nazareth. We are sitting in a small room, rain falling on the tin roof. As she speaks, I know that her story is one that will stay with me forever.
Conflicting emotions accompany me to Ethiopia. On the one hand, my excitement is uncontainable. Meseret is a member of a Self Help Group (SHG) program. The SHG approach is recent and has been transformative, literally eradicating extreme poverty from the inside out. It is the first approach, in 15 years of field work that I feel could change the face of poverty within our generation.
Continue reading Meseret’s Story