Meet the Founder

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Lotte Davis was born in South Africa. At 10 years of age, her family made the decision to move to Canada to escape the hostility of the apartheid era, but her heart stayed behind.

Lotte co-founded, AG Hair, a hair-care business with her husband in the basement of their North Vancouver home, which has now grown exponentially over the past 30 years. After spending years building the successful company, she wanted to pursue her personal passion that brought her back to her roots.

In 2008, after building a successful entrepreneurial business with her husband, she was finally able to realize her dream to go back to Africa and find a way to impact gender inequality, and help girls with no means whatsoever realize their potential to contribute equally.

Using the same entrepreneurial instincts that helped her build her for-profit business, One Girl Can was born with the intent of providing a holistic program that would support one girl with everything she would need to succeed in achieving the opportunity to be fully equal. The program empowers a girl from the time she leaves primary school until the day she gains meaningful employment.

"By the time I was 13, my destiny had been defined by the discovery that significant injustice and inequality existed towards people based on skin colour and gender, and that I had an irrepressible desire to help create change in the world."

She is intimately involved with the girls and the headmistresses at the 10 schools One Girl Can now partners with, and through these interactions, she has learned to develop a highly successful model that inspires girls living in extreme poverty to be anything they dream of. One Girl Can now proudly sponsors over 850 girls, many of whom are going to medical school, becoming Engineers, Lawyers, Internet Technologists, and Business Experts. The incredible mentorship program which begins from the time the girls enter secondary school to their final year of university now mentors over 9,400 students annually.

As the winner of the 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Lotte is a powerful force in the fight to end gender inequality. In 2019, Lotte was recognized by the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) as a Global Impact Honoree, which acknowledges global leaders who are using their skills to make extraordinary, beneficial impacts in their communities around the world. Most recently, she was appointed as the Education and Gender Equality Chair of YPO’s People Action Network (PAN).

Lotte’s next mission is to provide entrepreneurial training to university and high school girls to ensure they can sustain themselves financially while they start to build their careers. read more about one girl can >

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What can my donation provide For a Sponsor a high school student

$50Help fund tuition for a high school girl

$250Fund six months of high school for a girl

$500Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board

$21Fund six months of high school for a girl

$42Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board

$84Fully sponsor two girls for one year, including tuition and board

What can my donation provide For a Sponsor a university student

$300Co-sponsor a university student

$500Buy a laptop for a first year university student

$1000Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year

$3500Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop

$25Co-sponsor a university student

$42Buy a laptop for a first year university student

$84Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year

$292Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop

What can my donation provide For a Build A School

$50Buy 35 cinderblocks to help build one wall of a classroom at Ushirika School.

$100Buy 4 bags of cement to help the building of Ushirika School.

$250Buy a door and framing for a classroom at Ushirika School.

$10Your monthly donation buys 44 cinderblocks to help build a wall at Ushirika School

$17Your monthly donation buys a window for a classroom for Ushirika School

$25Your monthly donation buys a desk and bench for 2 students at Ushirika School

What can my donation provide For a Ushirika COVID-19 Relief

$50Provides one girl with three lunches per week for two months.

$75Provides one girl with three lunches a week and sanitary napkins for three months.

$150Provides one girl with three lunches a week and sanitary napkins for six months.

$10Provide continued support for 12 high school girls in the Kibera slum.

$20Provide continued support for 24 high school girls in the Kibera slum.

$30Provide continued support for 36 high school girls in the Kibera slum.

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