Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2020. 1:45 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The United States Embassy in Belize commenced a new segment to highlight the work of its exchange alumni.
Their first highlight is Yvette Mazariegos for the incredible work she is doing in Belize.
Yvette is a passionate entrepreneur and driven small business owner who has participated in several business and leadership programs through the Embassy.
She is currently serving as the President of the Belize Alumni Association (BAA).
Yvette’s determined and hard-working entrepreneurial spirit is clearly visible in her everyday life. After graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Belize, Yvette quickly put her dreams of starting her own business into action.
Yvette is the CEO of M&M Distributors, a paper and textiles import and distribution business she started in 1995, as well as the Founding Executive Director of the Belize National Paper Convertors (BNPC) which she started in 2001.
Yvette’s courage and determination in her work despite the challenges she has faced is truly inspiring, but what makes her so remarkable is the way in which she uses her skills and resources to help those around her and empower other women in business. When she isn’t busy with her businesses and taking care of her family, Yvette works hard to give back to her community.
On her own, Yvette has donated paper supplies to schools in her community and often acts as a sponsor and mentor. She is also a member of two women’s groups that embody the spirit of volunteerism and help to empower and support families and children.
While Yvette has always sought to encourage and build up the people around her, she points to her experience with the 2015 Global Entrepreneur’s Summit in Kenya as a pivotal moment in her life because it encouraged her to think bigger about her own work as well as the importance of strengthening the business community in Belize and encouraging other women in entrepreneurship.
Her experience in 2017 with the International Visitor Leadership Program (#IVLP) Women In Entrepreneurship conference which was held in Minnesota has further shaped her passion for empowering women in business.
Yvette and others in the BAA are advocating for policy change in Belize that will help women and make it easier for them to get involved in entrepreneurship.
The US Embassy in Belize congratulates Yvette for representing the U.S. Embassy Belize’s continually growing exchange alumni community.
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