Microfinance Featured in New Children's Book

    One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference

    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - Inspired by true events, One Hen chronicles the
story of a boy who receives a microloan, a lending system for people without
access to conventional banking. While micro-lending has gained recognition
among adults, One Hen intends to make the poverty-reduction strategy
accessible to children. The book is based on the life of Kwabena Darko, who
rose from poverty to become a prominent businessman and a leader of the
microfinance organization Opportunity International.
    In One Hen, author Katie Smith Milway depicts the story of Kojo, a boy
from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm.
    After his father died, Kojo quit school to help his mother collect
firewood to sell at the market. When his mother receives a loan from her
neighbours, she gives a little money to her son. With this tiny loan Kojo buys
a hen. Within a year, Kojo has 25 hens and uses his earnings to return to
school. Over time, his farm continues to expand and benefit his family and
    Kwabena Darko, who inspired this story, also started a tiny poultry farm
which grew to become the largest in east Africa. As business increased,
Kwabena also began disbursing loans to others through a trust that became part
of the microfinance organization Opportunity International. Kwabena currently
sits on the board of Opportunity International, helping them provide small
loans to aspiring entrepreneurs in 28 developing countries.

    For more information about One Hen, visit www.onehen.org

    Opportunity International serves over 1 million clients around the world,
    helping them find their own way out of poverty through small loans,
    savings, insurance and business training services.
    Visit: www.opportunityinternational.ca

For further information:

For further information: Jacob Buurma, Opportunity International Canada,
(416) 444-2448, jbuurma@opportunityinternational.ca

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