About us

One Girl Can’s story began in 2008, when we started forming collaborative school partnerships in Kenya and Uganda. While we started with a focus on building projects, we quickly identified a need for a scholarship and mentoring program. Thus our three pillars were born: We Build, We Educate and We Mentor.


10 years later, we’ve provided over 400 scholarships, developed nine school partnerships, and have reached thousands of girls with our mentoring workshops. But we’re just getting started. Our goal is to provide 1000 scholarships by 2025, and then keep going!


Meet the founder


Originally from Africa herself, Lotte is passionate about ending poverty and gender inequality. She believes every girl should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential. As a successful entrepreneur, she enjoys mentoring and coaching the girls in her schools to build their confidence and encouraging them to believe that anything is possible.


Lotte also co-founded the company AG Hair, a for-profit business, with her husband John. Giving back is a core pillar of the company, and AG Hair’s support of One Girl Can’s covers all administration, marketing and travel expenses. This generous funding allows us to ensure 100% of all donations go directly towards our projects in Africa.

Meet the team

A seasoned fundraiser, Gabriela is a wonderful addition to our team and ensures One Girl Can continues to grow so that we can help even more deserving girls!

Gabriela Caranfil
Senior Director of Fundraising
Vancouver, Canada

Based in Nairobi, Irene provides day to day support for the girls in our programs, recruits new scholarship candidates, conducts workshops, and oversees our school construction projects.

Irene Muinde
Program Manager
Nairobi, Kenya

Our specialist in marketing and social media, Nicola helps spread the word about One Girl Can's mission with innovative and fun initiatives.

Nicola Carroll
Marketing & Social Media Specialist
Vancouver, Canada

Florence is our administration superstar! From supporting events, to responding to enquiries and everything in between, Florence keeps One Girl Can running.

Florence Liu
Fundraising Administrator
Vancouver, Canada

Meet our board

The opportunities available to my own daughters is something I will never take for granted. Access to education should not be a privilege.

Michele Matthews, CHRP, CEC
Chair VP Organizational Development
AG Hair

In Africa, I saw the hopes and dreams of the girls we met were no different than my own or those I have for my kids.

Natalie Nakatsuru
GM, VP Sales Contemporary Office Interiors

I'm passionate about education because it is both an intrinsic right and a way to break the cycle of poverty in Africa.

Kacey Krenn LLB
Harris & Company

Jordana Pourian
Jordana Pourian
SVP Operations, Aritzia