Working Capital for Community Needs, a non-profit that helps finance loans to micro-entrepreneurs in Latin America, will celebrate its 30th anniversary Thursday with a program and dinner at Monona Terrace.

The organization will also present its strategic plan to increase by 25 percent its impact in Latin America to 37,750 micro-borrowers. WCCN has 3,000 investors across the U.S. that helped WCCN make $10 million in new loans in 2013.

WCCN operates in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador and Peru. The average loan to a micro-entrepreneur in the program is $945. WCCN was founded in 1984 to empower low-income Latin American entrepreneurs by sustaining partnerships with micro-finance institutions and farming cooperatives. For more information, go to www.wccn.org.

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Barry Adams covers regional and business news for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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