What We Do

Our mission is to empower all kids to become social entrepreneurs who make a difference for themselves and the world.

One Hen program was inspired by the award-winning children's book, One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, by author Katie Smith Milway. The book tells the story of a young Ghanaian boy named Kojo who makes a big difference by buying one hen, which in turn lays eggs and hatches more hens, until he eventually becomes the largest chicken farmer in the country. One Hen aims to inspire other young social entrepreneurs to follow in Kojo's footsteps.

We do this by providing resources that enable youth from around the world to learn about personal initiative, financial literacy, global awareness, and giving back. We work with educators, community leaders, community based organizations and parents all over the world. Programming includes:

  • The One Hen Academy: detailed lesson plans and learning tools that teach students about starting small business with micro-loans and using their profits for social good.
  • The One Hen International app: builds on the principles of the OHA to work with youth in poor communities to start Youth Self Help Groups, generate savings, start small businesses, and become change agents in their communities.


We invite you to explore our site to learn more about One Hen, the resources we offer, and the impact we continue to have. For more information about our program and how to get involved, please contact us.