Table 1 shows the mean household income and expenditure disaggregated by district for the period under review (April to September inclusive) in 2015. Not surprisingly, given the details extracted from the baseline review (Marks et al, 2015), recipient households in Soukhouma have higher incomes and expenditure than in Xepon both per month and over the six-month time period being analysed. Data that are available for Lao-Ngam, shows households in this district fall, on average, between the extremes of Soukhouma and Xepon (again as demonstrated in the baseline report for cohort-1).
Table 1: Monthly mean expenditure per RLP household, data disaggregated by district.
|Expenditure per household per month (LAK)|
However, an interesting point is revealed if the total income and total expenditures are compared: while both Soukhouma and Lao-Ngam show an excess of income over expenditure, Xepon shows the reverse, i.e. the average recipient household in Xepon appears to have spent more than it earns during the six-month period under review; indeed by 30%.
For both Soukhouma and Xepon, June 2015 appeared to have been a month of highest expenditure. Why this is the case will become clearer when expenditure data are broken down to their comments, in the next section.