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

lastblogpic1By, Hillary K. Pember

 

“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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The Impending Crisis in Ethiopia: A Costly Delay

By, Courtenay Cabot Venton, One Hen’s Director of International Programs

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Ethiopia is yet again facing a humanitarian crisis that looks set to devastate much of the country’s population. Despite impressive growth figures over the last decade, 20 million Ethiopians are still under the poverty line. El Nino related weather is causing drought, destroying any chance of sustained poverty reduction.

 

The UN released its prognosis last month — the number of people in need of emergency assistance had increased from 3 to 4.5 million people. Within a matter of weeks, this number was revised to upwards of 8.2 million. This is projected to double to 15 million by early 2016, with 350,000 children suffering from severe malnutrition.

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What Transformation in Aid and Development Really Looks Like

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Over the years I’ve frequently been a source of amusement to my wife Emma, but rarely more so than when I came home from work at DfiD one day a decade ago and recounted to her a particularly mortifying interaction I’d had with the IT department. My computer had gone on the fritz during a password update, and in order to resolve it I’d had to tell the tech support guys my old password over the phone – while a senior official was in the room. Imagine my joy as I had to Continue reading What Transformation in Aid and Development Really Looks Like

Part 4: Where Do We Give? Helping Kids Own the Donation Process

By, Annie Whitlock

The Mega Minds on a field trip to a local business that helps artists from developing nations sell their goods to American customers
The Mega Minds on a field trip to a local business that helps artists from developing nations sell their goods to American customers

 

The Mega Minds decided as a class to start businesses selling items that were royal blue, the awareness color for child abuse victims. The students were immediately excited to start making a difference for a cause that was near to their hearts, but I Continue reading Part 4: Where Do We Give? Helping Kids Own the Donation Process