Tracking daily financial transactions of corner shop owners can provide critical insights into how they manage their finances, both at the level of their household and their business. Interactions with corner shop owners can also generate important insights on:
MSC, with technical support from L-IFT, has been implementing a year-long research study in which we track the daily financial life of 50 corner shops in India and Indonesia. This project is part of the larger collaborative initiative between MSC and L-IFT in Asia and Africa on a research study on corner shops.
We use three distinct research methodologies in this study:
In India, we have been tracking 25 corner shops: five each in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal. Of these 25 corner shops, nine are run by women. Our sample comprises 10 grocery or provisions stores, two hair salons and cosmetics shops, three CICO agents, four tailors and cloth ironing shops, three mobile shops and cyber cafés, one eatery, one online store that sells religious items, and one medical store. The data collection in India started in late October, 2020.
MSC has been managing the data collection in Indonesia. We have been tracking 25 corner shops in Wonosobo and Temanggung in Central Java. Of these, 19 are run by women. Our sample comprises 20 grocery and provisions stores, one salon, three CICO agents, and one mechanic. The data collection in Indonesia started in late October 2020.
This slide deck condenses our gender-focused analysis of data collected under the Corner Shop Diaries project. It unpacks significant differences between men-run and women-run enterprises and the roles of social norms. The deck further discusses what is needed to reimagine the way we examine women-run businesses.
Wi-Fi voucher: A top-selling product for rural corner shops in Indonesia
In Indonesia, 12,548 villages still lack access to 4G internet. This blog explores how Wi-Fi vouchers help diarists under our Corner Shop Diaries project and others in rural Indonesia access the internet.
Life on credit: Why and how do corner shop owners take loans?
With the wide gap in access to formal credit for MSMEs in South and East Asia, micro-businesses often borrow from unreliable sources at exorbitant rates. Based on our Corner Shop Diaries research, this blog explores how and why corner shops take loans and the sources from which they borrow.
The Corner Shop Diaries project: How small businesses in developing countries coped with the pandemic, helped the neighborhood to survive the lockdown, and embarked on the challenging journey to recovery
This blog offers a glimpse into the Corner Shop Diaries research in eight countries across Asia and Africa.
Getting behind the corona statistics: How a small shopkeeper took on the pandemic
This blog has been written by Rahul Chatterjee, with additional material from Stuart Rutherford and Md Kalim Ullah of the Hrishipara Daily Diaries Project. Based on a case study, this blog analyzes how a small corner shop owner in Bangladesh managed to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also explores strategies to speed up recovery and bounce back from the pandemic’s effects.
The COVID-19 paradox: What made a small corner shop in Uganda, which was allowed to operate during the pandemic, close down?
Using insights from the daily financial transaction data of a small corner shop in Uganda, this blog explores the causes that forced the shop to shut down, despite being allowed to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic
Feb 23, 2021
‘Surviving a pandemic’: Five key insights from the Corner Shop Diaries research in India and Indonesia
This blog offers five key insights drawn from early data of our Corner Shop Diaries research in India and Indonesia.
Feb 26, 2021
Rahul Chatterjee, Anant Tiwari, Manoshij Banerjee, Rahmatika Febrianti, Ira Aprilianti and Yani Parasti Siregar
Volatility and resilience: Lessons from the corner shop diaries research in Nigeria
This blog provides three key insights into the financial lives of small corner shop owners in Nigeria. It also offers a glimpse into the strategies they adopted to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
Feb 26, 2021
Rahul Chatterjee, Anne Marie van Swinderen and Mhlalisi Ncube
Corner shop diaries: A multi-country year-long research project on micro-businesses
This video offers a glimpse into our Corner Shop Diaries research in eight countries across Asia and Africa. It provides insights into the research and explains the rationale behind conceptualizing it. The video also details the methodology followed and explores the future scope of the research.
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