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.