PUBLIC speaker and author who focuses on business in the informal sector and how it is transforming the economy, Marc “GG” Alcock, was the guest speaker at a talk on Friday, March 29 at the Metro Methodist Church. At the event, organised by the Thandanani Children’s Foundation, and speaking to almost 300 of the Thandanani Children Foundation’s beneficiaries’, who are mostly members of Self-Help Groups (SHGs), Alcock spoke of success stories of people who are running their own township businesses and how the ladies could look at doing the same to support themselves and their families. “These SHGs are made up of mostly women, who are supporting families of their own and children and orphans that they have taken in to care for as well. “Although these groups are for emotional support, they are also micro finance groups where the ladies save money every week and circulate this money as low interest baring loans so that they can start businesses, pay school fees, buy groceries, do house renovations etc,” said Thandanani Children’s Foundation coordinator Jess McTaggart. McTaggart said their main aim is to help disadvantaged youth and families become self-sustainable.