Volume 6(2019)

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Entertainment in public spaces

Entertainment activities are limited. According to the findings, the most popular leisure and entertainment activities are watching television, listening to music, hanging out in the neighbourhood and talking to neighbours. A few household members in the study go to entertainment facilities or public spaces. Some households occasionally take their children to supermarkets, bookstores, parks or nearby cultural centres.

6. FACTORS AFFECTING POVERTY

Most of the households are uncertain of their ability to improve their situation. Only a small proportion said they are able to overcome the poverty. Notably, 28.7 per cent of the households reported they cannot escape poverty. The near-poor households are more optimistic than the poor households about their ability to move out of poverty (table 16).

Table 16: Self-assessment on ability to escape poverty

Household category
Poor Near poor Total
N % N % N %
Within 5 years 16 4.8 24 12.8 40 7.7
Between 5 and 10 years 29 8.7 16 8.5 45 8.6
Within 10 years 27 8.1 10 5.3 37 7.1
It may be possible, depending on the conditions 87 26.2 81 43.1 168 32.3
Uncertainty of improvement 56 16.9 25 13.3 81 15.6
Not able to improve 117 35.3 32 17.0 149 28.7
Total 332 100.0 188 100.0 520 100.0