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Troy Rollins saw 165 individual investors from all over the U.S. and overseas fund his loan of $10,000 to start a business installing solar panels.

Kiva.org, the online organization that allows individuals to invest in development micro-loans around the world, has chosen a community development credit union as its field partner for its micro-lending effort in New Orleans.

Dubbed Kiva New Orleans, the organization hopes its effort, combined with similar work in other cities, will help both highlight the organization in the U.S. and bring home to Americans the impact they can have through micro-finance. Full disclosure: this reporter is a Kiva lender.

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