Micro-finance for micro-people:One Hen

I am a big fan of the concept of micro-finance and also of finding ways to get my kids involved in philanthropy. For the five to twelve-year-old set (alas, none of mine qualify) One Hen is worth a visit.  It is based on a children’s book but the site teaches children about microfinance and gives them a way to participate in it.  They play games on the site and earn “beads” which are translated into actual loans in the real world for small-business ventures in the developing world.  It’s a sweet site and a lot less work than a lemonade stand!

One Hen

6 thoughts on “Micro-finance for micro-people:One Hen

  1. What a great idea! My son is completely obsessed with STUFF and how he can get more STUFF and what does the STUFF cost and can I please please please buy him more STUFF (no), and this sounds like something he could a) enjoy and b) use to maybe gain a little perspective.
    Parenting by stealth!

  2. It’s a great idea; we got a goat for Xmas from supermum’s sister in a similar context. I think dudelet got a chicken, though it was very difficult (he was under four at the time) to explain the concept to him.

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