The Townships Project A Canadian non-profit jumpstarting business in South
African townships through microlending, microfranchising
and asset based community development.
Canadian Charitable Registration Number (86418 8420 RR0001).
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Martha Deacon

Martha DeaconMartha is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Townships Project, which she created in late 1998 in response to then President Nelson Mandela’s challenge to do something about the poverty in his country.  The Townships Project has worked tirelessly with local microfinance organizations in South Africa to extend small loans to start or expand small businesses, always exploring how to make these loans more effective in the fight against poverty.

Prior to starting The Townships Project, Martha founded and ran P1 Parking Systems Inc. in Vancouver which was purchased by Imperial Parking Limited in 1998.  From 1986 – 1994, she was Vice-President Corporate Finance and a director of BZW Canada Limited and its predecessor firms.  Before becoming an investment banker, Martha was a solicitor with the Toronto law firm of Fraser & Beatty (now Fraser Milner Casgrain).


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2017 January/February SA Franchise Magazine Article
March 28, 2017
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2016 Annual Giving Letter
March 28, 2017
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2015 Annual Giving Letter
January 5, 2016
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