One Hen empowers students to become social entrepreneurs who make a difference for themselves and the world.

One Hen is an enrichment program based on the award-winning children’s book One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway. Students begin by learning the story of a young Ghanaian boy 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 all of Ghana.

One Hen provides educators with resources to teach financial literacy, personal initiative, global awareness, and the value of giving back. Through a series of interactive lesson plans, an award winning children’s book One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, and a website of games and activities, One Hen challenges students (grades K-12) to start their own small businesses. In the process, teams of young entrepreneurs become equipped with the necessary skills in business, math, personal financial literacy, and social entrepreneurship.

Our Eight-Step Curriculum

One Hen students engage in an eight-step curriculum; sharing the experience of starting their own small business and giving back to their local and global communities.


Although One Hen is ideal for 4th through 8th grade students in traditional classroom, homeschool, and after-school settings, it can be easily customized to fit the specific needs of all students from kindergarten through high school. The experiential curriculum helps meet ELA, Social Sciences, and STEM standards while helping students develop 21st Century Skills.

The Story

The Story

It all begins with the book!

Social Entrepreneurship & Causes

Social Entrepreneurship & Causes

Identify a charity in your community or beyond to fund with your profits. Start a business with other students.

Costs, Unit Pricing, Revenue & Profit

Costs, Unit Pricing, Revenue & Profit

Calculate unit price, revenue and profit for your product.

Loans & Interest

Loans & Interest

Calculate the interest on the loan team will receive.

Purchasing Materials & Tracking Production

Purchasing Materials & Tracking Production

Practice transactional skills by purchasing materials.

Business Branding & Product Planning

Business Branding & Product Planning

Create a logo and slogan for your business. Identify customers.

Marketing to Customers

Marketing to Customers

Create marketing materials.

Sell Day & Loan Repayment

Sell Day & Loan Repayment

Aligns with the Common Core

The curriculum helps meet many ELA & Math Common Core Standards. Click on each link to see how One Hen can help you to achieve your CCS objectives.

“I am a firm believer in One Hen. The real world impact it has on the students is something they will always remember.” -3rd grade civics teacher