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Table 5 Financial responsibilities of participants

From: Addressing the interaction between food insecurity, depression risk and informal work: findings of a cross-sectional survey among informal women workers with young children in South Africa

Participants’ financial responsibilities All
n = 265 (%)
Household expenses  
 Responsible for paying water, electricity, rates, monthly costs
  Mother alone 62 (23.4%)
  Shares the cost 62 (23.4%)
  Do not pay/not applicable 141 (53.2%)
 Who cost is shared with (n = 62)
  Father of the child 27
  Other family members 35
 Responsible for paying for rent  
  Mother alone 50 (18.9%)
  Shares the cost 19 (7.2%)
  Do not pay/not applicable 196 (74.0%)
 Who cost is shared with (n = 19)
  Father of the child 12
  Other family members 7
  Non-family member 0
 Responsible for paying for groceries  
  Mother alone 72 (27.2%)
  Shares the cost 157 (59.2%)
  Do not pay/not applicable 36 (13.6%)
 Who cost is shared with (n = 157)
  Father of the child 61
  Other family members 95
  Non-family member 1
 Responsible for transport costs
  Mother alone 207 (78.1%)
  Shares the cost 37 (14.0%)
  Do not pay/not applicable 21 (7.9%)
 Who cost is shared with (n = 37)
  Father of the child 33
  Other family members 1
  Non-family member 3
Expenses for the child  
 Responsible for paying for children’s clothes
  Mother alone 66 (24.9%)
  Shares the cost 181 (68.3%)
  Do not pay / not applicable 18 (6.8%)
 Who cost is shared with (n = 181)
  Father of the child 168
  Other family members 10
  Non-family member 2
 Responsible for paying for child’s food or milk
  Mother alone 56 (21.1%)
  Shares the cost 154 (58.1%)
  Do not pay / not applicable 55 (20.8%)
 Who cost is shared with (n = 154)
  Father of the child 140
  Other family members 13
  Non-family member 1
 Responsible for paying school fees  
  Mother alone 72 (27.2%)
  Shares the cost 32 (12.1%)
  Do not pay / not applicable 161 (60.8%)
 Who cost is shared with (n = 32)
  Father of the child 27
  Other family members 5
  Non-family member 0
 Responsible for paying childcare
  Mother alone 89 (33.6%)
  Shares the cost 41 (15.5%)
  Do not pay/not applicable 135 (50.9%)
 Who cost is shared with (n = 41)
  Father of the child 40
  Other family members 1
  Non-family member 0