MSC and L-IFT have initiated the Corner Shop Diaries project, which monitors the daily life of corner shops during the pandemic. The corner shop owners who participate in this project are called diarists, and they use the Finbit platform to keep financial diaries that also support our data collection. The Corner Shop Diaries generate financial diaries and regular qualitative interviews, resulting in data insights and blogs. The following are data insights from corner shops in Central Java that have participated in the Corner Shop Diaries project. You may click on the titles below to read more. To get regular updates, please contact


10th October 2021: How mobility restrictions during the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic affected corner shops in Central Java

Indonesia had to endure a surge in COVID-19 infections in early June, 2021, as it entered the second wave of the pandemic. More >>>


10th August 2021: The dynamic experience of a branchless banking agent in Indonesia

Branchless banking agents have been one of the main pillars of the Indonesian government’s effort to promote financial inclusion. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, Indonesian branchless banking agents continue to serve as a vital link, More >>>


23rd July 2021: Why the corner shop business is a preferred choice of livelihood for many Indonesian women 

Studies in several Asian and African countries indicate that women tend to invest in their business less than men. Research on small and medium enterprises in Indonesia also revealed that women owners usually keep their businesses small and informal as they prioritize domestic duties.  More >>> 


2nd June 2021: How the Idul Fitri holiday affected diarists’ personal expenses and revenues

Eid ul-Fitr or Idul Fitri as it is known in Indonesia is a big celebration across the country. During the celebrations, Indonesians usually wear new clothes and offer sweets and gifts to each other. More >>>


April 27th, 2021: The possible effect of government food staple assistance on the corner shop sales

The Government of Indonesia has been distributing some social assistance, including food staple, and allocated around IDR 43.6 trillion (~USD 3.2 billion) for beneficiaries to relieve the impact of COVID-19. More >>> 


April 2nd, 2021: The diarists who own service-oriented corner shops are struggling to bounce back from the COVID-19 shock

It has been a year since the pandemic hit the lives of the corner shop diarists. Most corner shops—especially those who sell groceries—have bounced back to normal. More >>> 

Last Updated: August 10, 2021