FIRST AND FOREMOST
INFLUENCER: LOTTE DAVIS AG HAIR’S FOUNDER EMPOWERS WOMEN THROUGH GOOD HAIR—AND EDUCATION.
HEN LOTTE DAVIS
founded AG Hair along with her husband, John, in a North Vancouver basement back
in 1989, the goal was to give women confidence and empowerment—in a bottle. Nineteen years and two beautiful children later, the compassionate redhead is still committed to helping women reach their potential, only now it’s by providing women in sub-Saharan Africa with access to schooling. Having grown up in South Africa during the
apartheid era and witnessing the mistreatment and submission of women firsthand, Lotte was inspired in 2008 to found One Girl Can, a charity that raises funds to provide formal education to some of the 70 per cent of the women in the area who go without it, to help them escape the cycle of poverty. Fast-forward to 2017 and Lotte’s work has paid off. Through the organization, she has raised more than $3.4 million for the cause, has built five schools in sub-Saharan Africa and has 196 girls on full scholarships in university and secondary school, many of them on the path to becoming science and math professionals. The support in Vancouver has been overwhelming. Case in point: a silent auction on April 13 raised a record-breaking $306,000, 100 per cent of which will go towards building science labs at a girls’ school in Kenya, and will fund 36 new university scholarships for girls. While Lotte spends a large portion of her time travelling in Africa to raise awareness of her charity and to meet the women and girls whose lives the organization has impacted, she is also still focusing on developing her hair care business, whose
SAYS LOTTE, “ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN AFRICA WILL CHANGE ONLY WHEN GIRLS BECOME DOCTORS, SOFTWARE PROGRAMMERS AND CIVIL ENGINEERS. BY PROVIDING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES TO THE SCHOOLS, WE GIVE GIRLS A CHANCE TO MOVE A NATION FORWARD AND BEGIN DISMANTLING POVERTY.”
In July AG will release its Natural line formulated with over 98 per cent plant-based ingredients, including apple cider vinegar. And, of course, a portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold will support building schools in Africa. Because that’s how Lotte rolls. Learn more at onegirlcan.com, aghair.com —Lise Boullard
COURTESY LOTTE DAVIS
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