INDIANAPOLIS Nearly three years in the making, half a dozen unions teamed up Monday with a British firm, Zopa Ltd, tosign up members for a specialized person-to-person “social lending”network.

“This has taken a while to get off the ground but it will beworth it as a positive way to reach out to young people and thenext generation,” said Doug True, a senior vice president at ForumCU, one of the early supporters of the so-called peer-to-peerinternet venture.

Just how many CUs or members might eventually make use of theZopa website for social lending was uncertain, but the idea ofmaking such a vehicle available by connecting potential borrowerswith lenders and using insured CDs was being roundly applauded bythe participating CUs.

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