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Tabatha Mata

2023 Fellow

Founder/CEO, Oaxaca en una caja®

Oaxaca, Mexico

Tabatha A. Mata is a Mexican businesswoman and entrepreneur. Her business, Oaxaca en una caja, is internationally known, as it promotes Oaxacan handicrafts and edible arrangements in handmade boxes, made and sold under fair trade practices. By working directly with 81 families across Oaxaca, the social enterprise generates income for these families, recognizes local traditions, and fosters economic growth within the region. Oaxaca en una caja currently offers free training programs for women artisans and small producers.

Tabatha has participated in scaling programs organized by Agora Partnerships, Pro Mujer, Impact Hub, Google and Stanford University. She has also been a member of different business chapters. She has experience working in the public sector by serving as Deputy Director of Promotion and Business Development for the Municipality of Oaxaca de Juárez, and in civil society by coordinating the Mujeres A.V.E. project, an international business training program for women micro-entrepreneurs in alliance with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Oxfam and the European Union.

Her work has been featured in renowned magazines, including Forbes and Entrepreneur, and has been recognized by the Mexican Association of Entrepreneurs. She ran for local Congress in 2016.