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.


We are excited to share our 2016-2017 academic year overview!

learn more about our recent activities here→ 


Spartan global in the news

Spartan Global Development Fund Sets Sights on Guatemala We are headed to Guatemala to research microfinance and the impacts of our work! Check out this article from the Eli Broad College of Business about our upcoming research trip to Guatemala and what we hope to accomplish. Read more about it here.

Spartan Global Development Fund Sets Sights on Guatemala

We are headed to Guatemala to research microfinance and the impacts of our work! Check out this article from the Eli Broad College of Business about our upcoming research trip to Guatemala and what we hope to accomplish. Read more about it 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. Learn more 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. Learn more here.

Spartan Global Development Fund: Business for Social Change Caroline Brooks of the Eli Broad College of Business wrote an article about the accomplishments of Spartan Global, and how we strive to leverage business practices to foster positive, sustainable economic development. Read more about what we have been up to here.

Spartan Global Development Fund: Business for Social Change

Caroline Brooks of the Eli Broad College of Business wrote an article about the accomplishments of Spartan Global, and how we strive to leverage business practices to foster positive, sustainable economic development. Read more about what we have been up to here.


From the blog...

Spartan Global Research Trip to Guatemala October 30, 2017 By Jake Sadilek, BA Psychology, 2019 By Scott Lyman, BA Finance and Social Relations & Policy, 2018 "As a by-product of Spartan Global’s microfinance initiatives, we the students often feel distant from the loan recipients and their entrepreneurial endeavors...." →

Spartan Global Research Trip to Guatemala

October 30, 2017

By Jake Sadilek, BA Psychology, 2019
By Scott Lyman, BA Finance and Social Relations & Policy, 2018

"As a by-product of Spartan Global’s microfinance initiatives, we the students often feel distant from the loan recipients and their entrepreneurial endeavors...." 

Lewis Quality of Excellence Award September 28, 2017 By Scott Lyman, BA Finance and Social Relations & Policy, 2018 By Jake Sadilek, BA Psychology, 2019 "For the second time in the last six years SGDF was awarded the Richard J. Lewis Quality of Excellence Award by Eli Broad College of Business...." →

Lewis Quality of Excellence Award

September 28, 2017

By Scott Lyman, BA Finance and Social Relations & Policy, 2018
By Jake Sadilek, BA Psychology, 2019

"For the second time in the last six years SGDF was awarded the Richard J. Lewis Quality of Excellence Award by Eli Broad College of Business...." 

New Momentum August 29, 2017 By Scott Lyman, BA Finance and Social Relations & Policy, 2018 By Jake Sadilek, BA Psychology, 2019 "Over the past several months, The Spartan Global Development Fund has raised $2,561 from donors to aid aspiring entrepreneurs around the world...." →

New Momentum

August 29, 2017

By Scott Lyman, BA Finance and Social Relations & Policy, 2018
By Jake Sadilek, BA Psychology, 2019

"Over the past several months, The Spartan Global Development Fund has raised $2,561 from donors to aid aspiring entrepreneurs around the world...."