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 Lotte Davis | Founder | One Girl CanOne Girl Can Founder, Lotte Davis was born in South Africa. At 10 years of age, her family moved to Canada to escape the hostility of apartheid, 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. The company has grown exponentially over the past 30 years. After spending years building the successful company, she wanted to return to her roots to pursue her personal passion.

In 2008, after building a successful entrepreneurial business, she could finally realize her dream to return to Africa. Further more, she found a way to directly advance gender inequality by helping girls with no means to realize their potential.

As a result, One Girl Can was born, using the same entrepreneurial instincts that helped build her for-profit business. The organization provides a holistic program that supports one girl with everything she needs 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. I had an irrepressible desire to help create change in the world."

Lotte continues to be intimately involved with the students and the headmistresses at the 10 partner schools. Through these interactions, she developed 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 the students are going to medical school, becoming engineers, lawyers, and technology and business experts. The incredible mentorship program begins from the time the girls enter secondary school to their final year of university. The program now mentors over 9,400 students annually.

 Lotte Davis | Founder | One Girl Can

As the winner of the 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and 2021 BIV Influential Women in Business Award, Lotte is a powerful force in the fight to end gender inequality. Lotte was recognized in 2019 and 2021 by the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) as a Global Impact Honoree. This acknowledges global leaders who are using their skills to make extraordinary, beneficial impacts in their communities globally. 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. The goal of the program is 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 a wall in one room.

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

$250Buy a door and framing for the dorm.

$10Your monthly donation buys 44 cinderblocks to help build a wall.

$17Your monthly donation provides a window.

$25Your monthly donation buys a furniture for the new dorm.

What can my donation provide For a Unrestricted Donation

$50Your donation can help to give one desk and bench for two students.

$100Provide school spirit with two sets of sports uniforms for 25 girls so they can stay active while at school.

$250Further the voices of tomorrow with one desktop computer for journalism club.

$10Outfit a girls sports team with two sets of uniforms.

$50Promote performance and fine arts education for girls by supporting with musical instruments for music and dance groups.

$66Can help provide a water tank adequate for drinking water for a whole school.

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