One Hen at Home: Interview with the Mother-Daughter Team

By Hillary Pember

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Hillary Pember and, her daughter, Rachael spent this last summer completing the One Hen Academy program at home. Together, they learned about social entrepreneurship, business development, and how to work together on a common goal…all while having fun!

 

Here, Hillary and Rachael share their unique perspectives on the One Hen project experience and provide advice to other families who many want to complete the project at home.

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Pledge Your Profit Youth Winners Demonstrate Compassionate Giving

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What inspires altruism? Philanthropy? Compassion? What makes one person run a race for breast cancer and another donate his tax returns to a soup kitchen? Some attribute charitable acts to their religion, upbringing, or even wealth but, in the past months, I’ve started to believe our capacity for human kindness starts long before that. I think it starts when we are kids. When we first start to understand the need around us and feel compelled to respond – not because we are told to, but because we are sentient, compassionate beings.

 

Never have I felt more sure of this fact than when I worked with my fair trade company, Laughing Man Coffee, and a youth entrepreneurship organization, One Hen, Inc., to launched the Pledge Your Profit youth campaign earlier this year. Within a few short months of our launch, over 20 teams of kids had registered for this campaign that challenged them to spend 30 days earning money for a charity of their choice.

 

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Part Four: One Hen at Home. Mother-Daughter Team Launch their First One Hen Business!

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“Mom I don’t think I need any of this stuff. I just want it.”

 

This was my daughter, Rachael’s, assessment of the advertised items in the teen magazines we were flipping through as part of a One Hen activity on marketing. This exercise is one of many that Rachael and I completed as part of our One Hen Academy (OHA) project.

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Scaling Up our DIY Self-Help Group App with Partners in East Africa

By Elie Calhoun, Code Innovation


This article originally appeared on CODE Innovation’s website at: http://codeinnovation.com/2015/11/scaling-up-our-diy-savings-and-credit-group-app-with-partners-in-east-africa/


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Savings and Credit Group using our open source app in Kongwa District, Dodoma Region, Tanzania (One Hen/Jessica Charles)

 

In early 2015, Code Innovation and our partners at One Hen Inc. visited the implementing partners for our Self-Help Group app in Ethiopia and Tanzania. After a successful pilot in 2014, our plan was to scale up the use of the app by 1000% focusing on new users in food insecure areas of both countries.

 

We met with partners at Tearfund Ethiopia and with Tearfund Tanzania‘s local NGO implementers, the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) to decide on a viable plan for multiplying our impact and rolling out a new-and-improved iteration with content that we estimated would last for about six months worth of weekly Selp-Help Group meetings. According to our previous coordinator, during our 2014 pilot in Ethiopia this was about the time it took for new groups to raise enough capital and develop enough business acumen and group momentum to begin to give their first loans.

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Part 3: One Hen at Home

The Pembers Tackle Production and Pricing

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“Mom, I don’t know if we should get this. It might not be in our budget.” What I wouldn’t give to hear those words spoken in association with a pair of jeans! But my 14-year-old daughter’s comment was in regard to supplies needed for our One Hen business. The fact that Rachael was even thinking about our business budget made me realize just how much she has learned through our One Hen project. And having now reached the half way point, we both really feel like we are off and running, despite a couple bumps in the road.

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