Small, Growing Businesses and Employment

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

Unlocking the Power of Digital for Women-led Enterprises

Partners: Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM), Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) The Government of India’s Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) has been working towards alleviating poverty in rural India by developing strong … Read More

Consultation on Economic Empowerment of Women Through Producer Collectives

Partner: Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihoods Mission, Ministry of Rural Development Formation of producer collectives is an important pillar for promoting women’s economic empowerment, through farm, off farm and non-farm business activities. Sharon Buteau, Executive Director, LEAD at Krea University, shared … Read More

Advancing Women’s Entrepreneurship through Sustainable Models

Partners: ACCESS Development Services and DAY-NULM How can we advance women’s entrepreneurship through sustainable models? Sharon Buteau, Executive Director, LEAD at Krea University, shared her insights in a panel co-hosted by ACCESS Development Services and DAY-NULM. Focusing on the market challenges faced by women-led … Read More

Women in India’s Startup Ecosystem Report (WISER)

ACT Grants, Udaiti Foundation, McKinsey & Company, LEAD at Krea University

India’s startup ecosystem has been pivotal in unleashing economic growth and catalyzing entrepreneurial innovation. As a leading and high growth employer, the industry attracts a large and diverse pool of talent, positioning it uniquely to lead the way toward gender … Read More

Enabling Digital Adoption Among Women Entrepreneurs – Insights From a Pilot on Digital Ledgers

Sijo John, Ryan D’souza

Entrepreneurs require access to timely and accurate financial information to make informed business decisions. However, many small business owners lack the technical skills to maintain financial records, and the process is time-consuming. They rely on recall rather than record. Innovations … Read More

Gig Pulse: Financial Matters & Motives – Insights Into the Various Lives of Gig Workers

Sharon Buteau, Badal Malick

The introduction of digital technology in key sectors has fundamentally altered how people work and has far-reaching implications for the future of work. One such shift is seen in the emergence of thegig economy, which currently accounts for around 8 … Read More

Beyond The Numbers – Decoding The Gender Gap In Financing SMEs In India

Abhishek Gupta, Anupama John, Christopher Glan, John Victor Arunkumar, Vatsima Tripathi

Beyond The Numbers – Decoding The Gender Gap In Financing SMEs In India

Abhishek Gupta, Anupama John, Christopher Glan, John Victor Arunkumar, Vatsima Tripathi

Women-run micro, small and medium enterprises (WMSMEs) account for approximately only 20% of all MSMEs in India. But they are constrained by various challenges, mainly access to finance at different stages of the business. The objective of this study is … Read More

Beyond the Numbers – Decoding the Gender Gap in Financing MSMEs in India

Partners: Villgro, ANDE India, USAID, Caspian Debt Women-run micro, small and medium enterprises (WMSMEs) account for approximately only 20 percent of all MSMEs in India. WMSMEs are constrained by various challenges, principally access to finance at different stages of the … Read More