Empowering MSMEs: Unlocking Growth Through Digital Invoice Financing in South Ind

December 29, 2023


In recent years, the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector in India has faced challenges in accessing formal credit, hindering its potential for growth. However, innovative solutions are emerging, reshaping the financial landscape for these enterprises. This blog explores the transformative impact of technology-driven invoice financing, focusing on the Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS), which has gained substantial momentum in South India.

Digital Revolution in Invoice Financing:

Traditionally, MSMEs in India struggled with limited access to credit from formal sources, but the landscape is evolving. A recent report by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants revealed that a significant percentage of MSMEs lacked access to formal credit, emphasizing the urgent need for new financing solutions.

The Rise of TReDS in South India:

South India is witnessing a notable surge in Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS) transactions. Reports indicate a remarkable 66% increase in TReDS transactions in the region, with transactions reaching around ₹20,000 crore in the FY23-24 - a substantial upswing from around ₹12,000 crore in the previous year.

Operational Dynamics of TReDS:

TReDS operates as an electronic platform facilitating the financing and discounting of trade receivables for MSMEs. Over 600 cities in South India, including Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, and others, witness active participation. The digital process begins when an MSME supplier issues an invoice, which the buyer validates. Banks and non-bank financial companies then bid on the approved invoice, and upon acceptance by the supplier, payment is disbursed within 24 hours, directly to the MSME's bank account.

Efficiency and Collaboration: Fintech companies like Cashinvoice are actively collaborating with TReDS platforms, enhancing the efficiency of the financing process. This collaboration has empowered MSMEs with increased access to credit at lower interest rates, eliminating the need for collateral. The discounted rates, ranging from 7-10% per annum, present an appealing option for businesses seeking financial support. This collaborative effort has spurred the decentralization of TReDS operations by banks, with more than 20 bank branches in South India actively engaged in the platform.

Network Expansion and Technological Advancements:

The success of the TReDS platform is underscored by its growing network of Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) in the region. Multiple NBFCs from South India have subscribed to the platform for invoice financing, broadening the availability of financial services. The noteworthy reduction in turnaround time for MSMEs to finance invoices can be attributed to collaborative training initiatives and streamlined internal processes. Moreover, technological advancements, such as the integration of a mobile app, play a pivotal role in enhancing the efficiency of TReDS transactions. This synergy between Fintech companies and TReDS platforms not only streamlines financial operations but also empowers users to conduct business seamlessly from anywhere.


The integration of technology-driven solutions like TReDS is revolutionizing the MSME financing landscape in South India. With increased efficiency, accessibility, and a growing network of financial institutions, TReDS is unlocking growth opportunities for MSMEs. This digital revolution in invoice financing not only addresses the credit gap highlighted in the earlier report but also propels India's MSME sector towards a more robust and inclusive economic future.