Skip to content

PLACA Brown Bag Series presents: SU Students in Free Enterprise, Team Guatemala

341 Eggers Hall

Add to: Outlook, ICal, Google Calendar

"Threads of Hope: Empowering the Indigenous Mayan Weavers of Guatemala" Presented by: SU Students in Free Enterprise Team Guatemala The indigenous Mayan women of Guatemala have practiced the art of back-strap weaving for over two thousand years, and their weavings have served as artistic expressions to the world, both individually and collectively. Through all these centuries, this marginalized population has made an important income contribution to their households by selling hand woven goods. At present, there are nearly one million weavers in Guatemala, and not close to enough outlets or customers for their products. Team Guatemala was started with the mission to assist these women in their quest to raise themselves out of poverty. Refreshments will be served. Team Guatemala started in the winter of 2007 when members of the Syracuse University SIFE team traveled to Guatemala to conduct workshops on jewelry making. For the past three years, SU-SIFE has sold the jewelry along with other traditional woven product in the SU bookstore. Through partnerships with two fair trade organizations, Team G has been able to give 100% of the proceeds back to the women of Guatemala, allowing them better access to fair wages as well as health care and educational services. The team continues to work with the women on finding new and innovative ways to develop their products and grow their markets, and is currently planning a new initiative to assist a cooperative in opening a thread store in Chumanzana, Guatemala to aid the supply chain challenges of some 20,000 weavers in the area. Refreshments will be served. 

Open to




Contact to request accommodations

Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.