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The business secrets held in India's Dove bars and Nutella jars

A case of Dove bars, a couple of dozen Lay's packets, six jars of Nutella. To the owner of a tiny mom-and-pop store, these may just be the humdrum weekly sales figures for soap, chips and bread spread

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Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg
A case of Dove bars, a couple of dozen Lay’s packets, six jars of Nutella. To the owner of a tiny mom-and-pop store, these may just be the humdrum weekly sales figures for soap, chips and bread spread. But to Solv, a business-to-business marketplace for India’s 60 million-plus small companies, they’re all crucial pieces of a gigantic banking jigsaw. 

Ninety percent of the country’s trade passes through neighborhood “kirana” shops, each with annual sales of $0.5 million or less. Their owners mostly operate without business registration and lack access to the formal banking system. “They may not have a credit bureau

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First Published: Feb 28 2022 | 3:31 PM IST

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