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African townships through microlending, microfranchising
and asset based community development.
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By December 2011, The Townships Project had enabled more than 35,000 individual loans since its inception, working with local microlending institutions which employ loan officers who live in the community they serve. Each loan helps to support, on average, five family members, meaning we had helped to change more than 175,000 lives by December, 2011. Each month, the microlending institutions we support make an 2,000 additional loans, affecting 10,000 lives.

In August 2011, in order to make those life changes more effective and efficient, The Townships Project initiated MicroFranchising Launch: Trade Show and Workshops, to create profitable, affordable, replicable small businesses offering better products and services cheaper to those at the base of the economic pyramid. It’s a way for the poor to “buy a job”, which offers skills training, enlists community and corporate support, recruits investment and builds a culture of business in families. This is a potentially world-changing strategy for prosperity creation and poverty eradication.

Here are 12 of the 6,000 stories:

Miemie Debesha
Miemie Debesha
Nursery School Principal Herbal Medicine Store Owner
Salthy Mkhantshwa
Salthy Mkhantshwa
Internet Cafe Owner
 
Lydia Mkhonto
Lydia Mkhonto
Salon Owner
Elena Shabangu
Elena Shabangu
Spaza Shop Owner
 
Florah Mkhansi
Florah Mkhansi
Shop Owner Produce Supplier
Sesnet Gumede
Sesnet Gumede
Spaza Shop Owner
 
Paulinah Motlhatlho Kgarebeng
Paulinah Motlhatlho Kgarebeng
Seamstress
Elsie Mpanza
Elsie Mpanza
Manufacturer
 
Sebotse Phasha
Sebotse Phasha
Hawker
Nozakhe Jacob
Nozakhe Jacob
Butcher
 
Nowethu Ginya
Nowethu Ginya
Clothing and Snacks Merchant
Thobeka Noyamile Nkwenkwana
Thobeka Noyamile Nkwenkwana
Fruit Vendor

News & Events News

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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