About Growbalization.com

This is a blog about the other global economy. Throughout the world, owners of small companies and even micro-enterprises are making cross-border connections with customers, vendors, and business partners in corners of the planet they’re unlikely ever to see. From Brazil to Bangladesh, they’re seeding their local economies for growth from the bottom up. At the same time, rising interest in social entrepreneurship, micro-finance, and fair trade are creating new spaces for smaller players in the international market. Big business isn’t the only big story anymore. At Growbalization, we’re tracking tales of small-scale success and getting to know the people who inspire us to imagine a new world of opportunity.

About Randy B. Hecht

Randy Hecht isn’t just a fan of small-scale globalization. She’s been an active participant in it for more than a decade. From her home office in Brooklyn, New York, she has reported and written for magazine and book publishers in Japan, Mexico, Colombia, England, and Ethiopia as well as the United States. Add to that mix work with NGOs and corporations in Thailand, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. She’s a long-time supporter of Oxfam America, Grameen Foundation, and Doctors without Borders and is forever grateful to those organizations for nurturing her belief in the possibility that we can make this a better world.

Published by Aphra Communications

Growbalization.com is a project of Aphra Communications, which specializes in helping book and magazine publishing companies, national and multi-national corporations, NGOS, professional associations and not-for-profit organizations communicate more effectively with consumers and businesses of many cultures, both at home and abroad. The company is a partnership of Randy Hecht and Alex Talavera, a writer and photographer based in his native Bolivia. In addition to collaborating on research and writing projects, Randy and Alex are partners in a scholarship program that is funding university studies for young women who grew up in an orphanage in Bolivia.