KEY POINTS: 1. The negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on MSMEs, particularly women-led MSMEs are: business shutdown, mass layoffs and reduced working hours for workers.
2. Women-led MSMEs have not received enough support both from the government, private sectors as well as civil society organisations. Moreover, formal financial institutions is still lacking in providing access to finance for women-led MSMEs.
3. The utilization of technology enables MSMEs to sustain and minimize loss amid COVID-19 pandemic, however digital literacy has been understood only by a small number of women-led MSMEs.