Since 2009, Spartan Global has distributed over $65,000 in microloans - more than 99% have been repaid.

The Spartan Global Development Fund is a student-run initiative on the campus of Michigan State University, and is comprised of two partner organizations: a registered student organization and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Spartan Global consists of students, professors, and alumni who work to expand awareness and support for microfinance while building lasting partnerships in the quest for permanent solutions to global poverty. We aim to educate, inspire, and enable tomorrow’s agents of global change by raising funds locally in order to offer interest-free microloans to aspiring entrepreneurs throughout developing regions of world.

Photo courtesy of asgreenasitgets.org

Photo courtesy of asgreenasitgets.org

Recent loans 

Philippines: A loan of $550 helps Vilma purchase sacks of rice seed, fertilizers and other farm supplies.


Philippines: A loan of $550 helps Vilma purchase sacks of rice seed, fertilizers and other farm supplies.

El Salvador: A loan of $300 helped Dolores to purchase fishing nets for his small business. 


El Salvador: A loan of $300 helped Dolores to purchase fishing nets for his small business. 

Uganda: A loan of $900 helped a member of the Nikisoboka Group buy salt and sugar for reselling.


Uganda: A loan of $900 helped a member of the Nikisoboka Group buy salt and sugar for reselling.

Sierra Leone: A loan of $275 helps Aminata to buy rice, palm oil and containers of chicken in bulk.


Sierra Leone: A loan of $275 helps Aminata to buy rice, palm oil and containers of chicken in bulk.

Spartan global in the news

Spartan Global Receives 2017 Lewis Quality of Excellence Award In August 2017, the Spartan Global Development Fund was awarded the 2017 Lewis Quality of Excellence Award from the Eli Broad College of Business Alumni Board of Directors for our work during the 2016-2017 academic year. Check it out here.

Spartan Global Receives 2017 Lewis Quality of Excellence Award

In August 2017, the Spartan Global Development Fund was awarded the 2017 Lewis Quality of Excellence Award from the Eli Broad College of Business Alumni Board of Directors for our work during the 2016-2017 academic year. Check it out here.

Spartan Global Development Fund: Business for Social Change Caroline Brooks of the Broad College of Business wrote an article about the accomplishments of Spartan Global over the past year! Read more about what we have been up to here.

Spartan Global Development Fund: Business for Social Change

Caroline Brooks of the Broad College of Business wrote an article about the accomplishments of Spartan Global over the past year! Read more about what we have been up to here.

For Spartans, "Green" Is Simply What We Do Our own Student Team advisor and member of the Board of Directors, Professor Paulette L. Stenzel, was highlighted by Michigan State for incorporating her passion for sustainability into her life, her research, and into the classroom. Congrats, Professor Stenzel! View the full article here. 

For Spartans, "Green" Is Simply What We Do

Our own Student Team advisor and member of the Board of Directors, Professor Paulette L. Stenzel, was highlighted by Michigan State for incorporating her passion for sustainability into her life, her research, and into the classroom. Congrats, Professor Stenzel! View the full article here

Spartan Global Development Fund Helps the World "Go Green" The Finance Department at Michigan State featured Spartan Global's most recent $1,378 microloan in Guatemala to coffee farmers, Jonny and Alberto Hernandez. This loan will help the farmers recover their coffee harvest after a devastating fungal infection. Find out more here. 

Spartan Global Development Fund Helps the World "Go Green"

The Finance Department at Michigan State featured Spartan Global's most recent $1,378 microloan in Guatemala to coffee farmers, Jonny and Alberto Hernandez. This loan will help the farmers recover their coffee harvest after a devastating fungal infection. Find out more here