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Infrastructure - physical and social

This chapter looks at the kind of infrastructure to which different kinds of household have access. The critical question of water supply is addressed, an issue that is nearly as important as income and tenure in determining the quality of shelter available to low-income households. Access to sewage- and garbage-disposal systems are discussed as are the various forms of fuel used for cooking. Lastly, the social infrastructure within the settlements where people live is analysed from the perspective of the heads of household and their perceptions concerning support from outside the family unit itself.