Adaptability: Key to a Realized Vision

By, Helen Rosenfeld, One Hen’s Executive Director

We have truly realized our original vision and officially ‘gone global’ this year.

This blog is our way of sharing the journey with you and highlighting inspiring stories of youth and educators’ success and learnings in their social entrepreneurship adventures around the world.


One Hen, Inc. evolved from Katie Smith Milway’s wonderful book, One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, which teaches children about the power of microfinance and how a boy named Kojo used ‘one small loan’ to create change in the world. One Hen, Inc. follows the narrative arc of that book to show kids how they can take very little and make something big happen. The book’s internationally relevant story is inspiring young people around the world to take social action using entrepreneurship as their tool.

The mission is the same. The implementation strategy is adjusted appropriately for diverse environments.


Our One Hen Academy program is curriculum-based and educator-led, with participatory activities that allow students around the world to experience the power of starting a small business for social change. Sometimes, One Hen Academy takes place in a classroom, like at the JFK Elementary School in Canton, Massachusetts, where Barbara Carbone and her colleagues infuse One Hen’s financial literacy and global awareness lessons into their social studies, English, math, and art classes. In other settings, the program takes place after school with volunteers, such as Ernst & Young staff, teaching One Hen Academy via Citizen Schools’ apprenticeship program.


One Hen is also engaging facilitators in resource-limited countries as Ethiopia and Tanzania through a mobile application that guides young people in collaborating and establishing self help groups where they build trust and work together to save money. Members then use these savings to further their education, participate in community initiatives, and initiate small businesses to support themselves, their families, and their communities.


37,000 students reached and counting!


Join us on our journey to explore the ways youth and educators are making a difference in their communities through social entrepreneurship.

Helen Rosenfeld


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