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WELCOME TO CORNER SHOP DIARIES PROJECT

Corner shops are small neighborhood shops that sell daily provisions, medicine, airtime, or provide CICO, salon, or other types of services. The Corner Shop Diaries project tracks daily financial transactions of corner shop owners across Asia and Africa using the Financial Diaries research method. The data collected from the corner shops include income, business expenses, casual expenses, savings deposited, savings withdrawn, and credit taken or repaid.

Interaction with corner shop owners can also generate important insights on use of digital finance by micro businesses and LMI segments, how demand of various daily use items has changed during the COVID-19 period.

MSC and L-IFT has joined forces to track the life of corner shop owners in different countries of Asia and Africa in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic to generate data insights for policy makers and financial service providers.

our Corner Shop Locations

INDIA

INDONESIA

NIGERIA

MALI

SENEGAL

ZIMBABWE

Bangladesh

L-IFT team

Anne Marie van Swinderen

Founder and Managing Director

Jose Vahl

Country Director L-IFT Myanmar

Mhlalisi Ncube

Programme Manager

msc team

Graham A.N. Wright

founder,group managing director

Rahul Chatterjee

manager

Akhand Tiwari

Associate Partner

STUART RUTHERFORD

Financial Inclusion Expert

Independent Researcher in Corner Shop Diaries  Trained originally as an architect, Stuart Rutherford later became interested in how poor people manage their money, and how they might be helped to do it better. He has collected details of many financial devices in dozens of countries and has described them in his book The Poor and Their Money. With David Hulme of Manchester University, he devised and then led the first ‘financial diary’ research project, in Bangladesh in 1999. Results from the first crop of financial diary exercises were written up in Portfolios of the Poor, of which he is a co-author. Rutherford has also looked at money management for poor people from the point of view of a service provider, having established the MFI SafeSave in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1996, and has also worked as a teacher and consultant. Stuart is currently running the Hrishipara Daily Diaries project in Bangladesh.