Spartans will always find ways help the world “Go Green”! The Spartan Global Development Fund has been doing just that, by providing much-needed funding to organizations like “As Green As It Gets”, which supports sustainable economic development and direct trade in Guatemala.
The Spartan Global Development Fund helps promote the causes of sustainability and entrepreneurship by providing interest-free micro loans to small businesses in less-developed areas of the world. While the loans themselves may be small – typically ranging from $100 to $3000 – their effects can be huge. The Fund’s latest project is to provide assistance to Guatemalan coffee farmers Alberto and Jonny Hernandez, who are battling a fungal infection that has decimated their coffee crop. The father-and-son farming team will use the $1,378 loan from the Fund to invest in future infection prevention through pesticides and management, as well as purchase coffee from nearby producers to sustain existing sales while their plants recover.
While the Fund is student-run, it’s membership also includes Michigan State alumni and faculty, and relies on financial support from the entire community. For example, the loan to the Hernandez’s was largely funded by donations from MSUFCU, dorm hall governments, and alumni, among others.
This important work needs the support of the Spartan community to continue to thrive. Click here to find out more about the Spartan Global Development Fund as well as how you can help. Additional important information is available through Faculty Advisor Paulette Stenzel’s blog: www.mariposapaulette.com/the-blog/small-steps-get-things-done-microfinance.
You can also read more about As Green As It Gets here: www.asgreenasitgets.org