Small, Growing Businesses and Employment

Unlocking Digital Horizons for MSMEs in India 

Partners: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), DAI Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) constitute a significant portion of India’s economic landscape. Despite a significant thrust from policy, a large percentage of these enterprises remain unregistered with statutory offices, … Read More

Scaling the Ladder: Exploring the Growth Potential for Women-Led Nano Enterprises

LEAD at Krea University, Ambuja Foundation

In India, women’s empowerment has been a focal point of national growth strategies, policies, and the constitution, aimed at ensuring economic independence, equity, and the development of women. Despite women constituting nearly half of India’s population, roughly only one-third participate … Read More

Capacity Building on-the-go: Insights from a Digital Learning Initiative for Rural Women Entrepreneurs

Vimisha Gohel, Sijo John

Empowering rural women entrepreneurs through business training is instrumental in imparting crucial skills, including sound financial management, marketing, and strategic planning. Specialised training programs become essential since many women entrepreneurs in rural areas may have limited familiarity with business and … Read More

Social Media’s Impact on Women’s Entrepreneurial Journey

Megha Shree, Inayat Singh Beri

Expanding upon the insights shared in the initial segment of our two-part blog, the discussion in this second piece is anchored on the women who are benefitting from taking the social commerce route globally and how social media is providing … Read More

Social Commerce and the Growth of Women Entrepreneurship 

Megha Shree, Inayat Singh Beri

This blog dissects social commerce in the business realm. To better understand how social media and e-commerce work together, our research explores the role social commerce plays in the advancement of women-owned businesses. The piece’s core objective is to provide … Read More

Transition of Rural Nano Women Entrepreneurs in Digital Ecosystem

How are rural nano women entrepreneurs transitioning into the digital era? This panel discussion at the TechForGood Conclave 2024 unpacked challenges and opportunities navigated in the digital ecosystem by nano women-led enterprises in rural spaces and emerging important learnings. The … Read More

Digital Dividends: Understanding the Use of Social Commerce by Women Entrepreneurs in Rural India

How can leveraging social commerce help rural women entrepreneurs forge better futures and strengthen market linkages? What are the challenges, and what solutions can be offered to women-led businesses in the Indian landscape? LEAD and Nasscom Foundation released a joint publication at the … Read More

Short Run Effects of Skill Training for the Unemployed Youth in India

Rashmi Barua, Pratibha Joshi, Swati Singh

Nearly 30 million Indians between the ages of 20 and 29, 85 percent of the unemployed, were actively seeking employment in 2021. Alarmingly, a large population of the unemployed are educated. Youth unemployment is a significant worry for any economy … Read More

E-nabling Women Entrepreneurs: Digital Solutions for Financial Management

Ryan D’Souza, Sijo John

Recordkeeping is an essential practice adopted by enterprises to record the day-to-day financial activities of the business. It is used by entrepreneurs to track their cash flow and assess whether their business is profitable or not. The absence of recordkeeping … Read More

Minding the Gender Gap in MSME Credit 

Vatsima Tripathi, John Arun

NBFIs have introduced “subjective” discretion in the underwriting and credit analysis process for women entrepreneurs. While mainstream financial institutions do not back this strongly, the non-traditional institutions have taken a leap forward for inclusion of women borrowers. Women-run MSMEs constitute … Read More