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Table 3 Demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of women, by SHG participation (percentages)

From: Can microcredit help improve the health of poor women? Some findings from a cross-sectional study in Kerala, India

Characteristic Not member N = 336 Member N = 592
    Late joiner (< = 2 years) N = 442 Early joiner (> 2 years) N = 150
Age of woman (years)*** 30 and under (n = 227) 38.3 48.5 13.2
  31–44 (n = 418) 28.0 52.4 19.6
  45–59 (n = 283) 46.6 39.9 13.4
Relationship to head Head (n = 126) 39.7 39.7 20.6
  Spouse (n = 802) 35.7 48.9 15.5
Education of woman*** None (n = 242) 47.9 43.8 8.3
  Primary (n = 194) 37.1 46.9 16.0
  High school+ (n = 492) 30.1 49.8 20.1
Employment status of woman Engaged (n = 240) 35.0 44.2 20.8
  Not engaged (n = 688) 36.6 48.8 14.5
Size of household landholdings 50 cents or less (n = 729) 34.3 48.8 16.9
  > 50 cents (n = 199) 43.2 43.2 13.6
Caste of head SC/ST (n = 363) 38.6 46.6 14.9
  OBC (n = 357) 38.7 46.2 15.1
  Forward (n = 208) 27.9 51.9 20.2
Total (n = 928) 36.2 47.6 16.2
  1. *p < 0.05, **p < 0.01, ***p < 0.001, tested by chi-square.