Spartan Impact Finance

Spartan is a South African SME lender and exclusively focused on financing SMEs and entrepreneurs. This means that they serve a target market with expectations of fast turnaround time, convenient engagement and aversion to documentary compliance.

To meet those expectations, Spartan has created and adopted technology in key aspects of the financing process for SMEs.

Spartan, being one of the pioneers in Software Finance for SMEs in South Africa, got the opportunity to be plugged into the forefront of the software ecosystem. They’ve used their insights and networks to develop and adopt technology to aid the financing of SMEs.

Kumaran Padayachee (47) has been Spartan’s CEO since December 2003. He is an SME Finance specialist in South Africa and he co-hosts two TV programs aimed at assisting SMEs with strategy and sourcing funding. He is a certified expert in SME finance and studied at MIT, USA.

General information

BorrowerSpartan Impact Finance (PTY) LTD
CountrySouth Africa
Head officeJohannesburg
Founded 1 January 2011
Active on Lendahand since 1 March 2019

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Financial information per 2019-09-30

Portfolio Overview€3,241,677.76
Equity / total assets16.90%
Write-off ratio last 12 months0.00%
% investment amount in arrears (>90 days)34.00%

About South Africa

South-Africa, officially Republic of South-Africa, is a country on the southern end of Africa. It is a developing country with, according to world standards, an average income level. The financial, legal, communication, energy and transport sectors are well developed as is the country’s infrastructure, but the unemployment rate, being 26%, is still especially high and the economical problems emerging from the apartheid system haven’t been solved. The government aims to improve economic growth and attract more foreign investments by softening labor legislation, accelerating privatization and diminishing government spending.

Most recently funded project

Spartan Impact Finance 4

With EUR 300,000 Spartan Impact Finance will be able to fund 2 SME companies operating in the security services and manufacturing sector, providing them with working capital.

  • Local partner investment
  • 10 new jobs
  • 100 people reached



12 months



Annualized interest
Fully funded in 6 days on 16 February 2020.