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One Hen is a project that issues microloans to aspiring entrepreneurs around the world, while also empowering young people in our own community. Get involved on the Rockville campus!


Meeting times:

Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 p.m.

HU 115 (as of now)



Bethany Maczka

Hello! My name is Bethany. This is my second year at Montgomery College. I am a member of the Macklin Business Institute, the honors business program at MC. I am so fortunate to have found this incredible program, and the family of amazing people along with it - I don’t know what I would do without them!

You can oftentimes find me in the MBI Café, the student-run Starbucks next to the cafeteria. Although I only work there once a week, I stop by to help barista whenever I’m stressed out. Creating the beautiful brown-to-white ombré of an iced caramel macchiato, or drizzling caramel atop the perfect swirl of whipped cream on a Frappuccino, never fails to cheer me up. Order an iced caramel macchiato with extra caramel drizzle and there’s a good chance you’ll make my day.

I am majoring in business, but I have always had a passion for learning new languages. I first studied six years of Spanish, followed by two years of American Sign Language. I hope to continue learning both when I transfer next fall.

In my free time, I love to bake, play guitar, and hang out with friends. I easily prioritize baking above sleeping, which means if I’m up studying until midnight, I’ll be baking until 3am. We can sleep when we’re dead, right? (As a side note, bringing cupcakes to class is a great way to make friends in college!)

If MC has taught me anything, it’s that life is too short to not give everything your all. As one of my favorite professors always says, “live intentionally.” I am excited to share my journey through MC with all of you. Thanks for watching and have a great day!

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  1. What a great program. I don’t know if it is the same one, but years ago, I heard of a program where they would buy a woman in one of these impoverished countries a chicken, a goat, etc. and it became the means of making a livelihood for the family. Or they were given small loans to start a business. It was proven time after time that the way to improve the overall well being of a family or community is to entrust it to the women, who they said were much more responsible with what they were given (chicken or loan, etc.). Have you ever noticed that the countries most in strife are the ones that do not uphold the women as equal in society? That needs to change. An interesting article here – the president of a college in Sudan makes sure that every woman who wants an education can get one:

    1. Hi Jane,
      What you described sounds like the Heifer Project International, which has very similar goals to One Hen. I have not noticed the connection to gender inequality, but it is an interesting point. Also, what a great article, thanks for sharing!

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