Lotte Davis, One Girl Can Founder, 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. In 2008 after successfully building AG Hair, she wanted to return to her roots to pursue her personal passion. She returned to Africa to 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.
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. One Girl Can now proudly sponsors over 1,000 girls. Many of the students are going to medical school, becoming engineers, lawyers, and technology and business experts. The program now mentors over 11,000 students annually.
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.
Lotte says, “”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.”
Visit Lotte at: https://onegirlcan.com/