Purposeful Purchasing

Enactus x Team G lets you accessorize for an awesome cause

By Annie Blay

Shopping for cute accessories is fun and all, but every once in a while, it’s great to find a way to make a positive change and impact in the world while participating in our favorite pastime: shopping. Whether it’s thrifting instead of shopping at a fast fashion store or buying from sustainable, environment friendly brands, there are lots of ways to turn your shopping spree into an activity that benefits a larger cause.

If you’re wondering how to put this in action, Syracuse Enactus has got you covered. Enactus has a project called Team G that is dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty and illiteracy in Guatemala. Enactus has partnered with Mayan women who create beautiful handmade accessories such as belts, necklaces, earrings--you name it. We love these items because they are ethically sourced, not to mention they are the perfect material and vibrant colors for your spring/summer beachy look.


The project has been running for 10 years now. The team purchases handmade and hand-woven products from the talented Mayan women of Guatemala and sells them in the United States for a higher profit. Team Guatemala then sends 90 percent of the proceeds directly back to the women. Interested in owning one of these stunning accessories or gifting them to a friend? Visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/teamguatemalaenactus.

Now that’s what we’d like to call a purposeful purchase!