John and Lotte Davis’ AG Hair products are found in thousands of salons all over the world. But it’s the thousands of young Kenyan and Ugandan women working with Lotte’s One Girl Can organization that make the company most proud.
One Girl Can is a non-profit addressing women’s need for educational and economic empowerment. In 2008, Lotte started the organization to address gender inequality in Africa, the continent where she was born.
One Girl Can started by building schools in Kenya and Uganda but quickly discovered that a scholarship program would be a more effective way to help girls. At present, 654 girls are studying on One Girl Can scholarships.
“We’ve found that the average GPA of the schools we are working with is going up,” says Lotte. “Girls see that their peers are getting scholarships and it motivates them to work harder. “With our last round of scholarships, we had budgeted for 50, but 78 girls qualified. We couldn’t turn any of them away! All the girls had worked for them and deserved them.”
One Girl Can is launching an exciting new social enterprise initiative. Through an in-person and online course, young women in university will learn how to start their own businesses. Some will also become trainers that will help high school girls to do the same.
To celebrate all of this and more, One Girl Can is holding the IWANTtoBE Event on April 25th from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at Vancouver’s Imperial Ballroom. GLBC is a proud sponsor, so get your tickets and say hello to us! Lotte promises there will be a “surprise guest” from Kenya, and it’s sure to be an inspiring night for all.
To learn more about One Girl Can, visit: https://onegirlcan.com