It's a wonderful story inspired by true events. A boy from Ghana, named Kojo, turns a small loan into a thriving business that benefits his family, his village, and ultimately his country. Many lives improve as a result of one micro-loan. It was inspired by a real man- Kwabena Darko- who benefited from a similar small loan.
I first learned about microfinance when Muhammad Yunus' won the Nobel Peace Prices in 2006. The idea is simple- lend a small amount of money, often as little as $25, to a person who wants to start a small business. In the case of Yunus' bank, Grameen Bank, the loans were made to women. Other organizations may encourage a village to work together to secure a loan with one person benefiting initially. Once that person repays the debt, another person takes the loan and so on.
An amazing 97% of the loans are repaid because each beneficiary knows that another person is waiting for their opportunity for a better life. Loans may be used to buy a sewing machine to sew clothing to sell, or a vegetable cart to transport vegetables to market. Or in the case of Kwabena- to buy laying hens.
This book and microfinance offer a wonderful opportunity for opening your children's eyes to what they can do a citizens of the world to help others in need. My family has made loans through Kiva.org, an on-line organization that lets individuals lend as little as $25 to alleviate poverty. There are many other organizations that do similar work. The One Hen website offers an overview of 6 organization you might consider, including Yunus' Grameen bank and Kiva. If you are called to Christian work, Opportunity International provides "Christian Microfinance."
I hope you'll visit the One Hen website to learn how you and your students/children can participate in microfinance. There's a section titled, "Resources for Parents" and another for "Teachers and Librarians" that provide lesson plans and curriculum connections.
Have you heard of Microfinance? Have you provided a microloan? Please share your stories.
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@alan_silberberg sure knows how to throw a book party! Hosted by @brooklinebooksmith, there was fabulous music from @ewklezmer, information from @pjlibrary, drinks, cartoons, gelt, and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts). What a great time. (And a hilarious book: Meet the Latkes). It fell on the perfect day. Happy Hanukkah. (Or is it CHHA-nukah?) #KidLit #Hanukkah #Chanukah
Please join us tomorrow (Wed, Nov 28 at 8 pm EASTERN) for an #Epic18 Twitter Chat with 20 debut picture book authors. We’ll review our year and share what we learned. Moderated by @matthewcwinner
Hey look! I got to meet @lesleybreenwithrow, illustrator of Maxillian Villainous, when I was an honorary book seller @eight_cousins_books last Saturday for #smallbusinesssaturday #indiesfirst
Want to give #FlyingDeep this holiday season? @eight_cousins_books has signed copies ready to ship. Want it personalized? Order by December 13. I’ll sign everything on the 14th and they’ll be shipped that day. Indicate the name for personalization in the comment section on the website when you order or give them a call. https://www.eightcousins.com/search/site/Flying%20Deep
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I’ll be an honorary bookseller today from 1-3 pm @eight_cousins_books. Ask me for recommendations on great #STEM books or you can pick up a signed copy of my book, Flying Deep, about #WHOI’s ALVIN. #smallbusinesssaturday #IndiesFirst
For all of you out shopping today, please consider books as gifts that keep on giving. And if you’re willing to wait until “Small Business Saturday,” come see me at @eight_cousins_books. I’ll be there from 1-3 as a volunteer bookseller. Get my recommendations for great books. #kidlit #yalit #holidaygifts
I’m honored to have my book among three others published by @charlesbridgepublishing on the Kirkus Best Books of 2018 list. Thank you @kirkus_reviews
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