Additionally, the rate of absenteeism is usually high making the rate at which the community is acquiring wealth be quite low.
Apathy is the state in which a person feels so powerless that they are unable to change things. Apathy can also be defined as the state in which people do not care. If a community or a person does not care or they feel powerless, then it is unlikely that they will try to change the condition in which they are in. This increases the rate of poverty in a given community.
Dependency is the state at which people are usually at the receiving end. Over dependency on other people is a major cause of poverty in that people who are dependent on others do little or nothing at all for themselves. This makes them become unproductive thus leading to a low generation of income. Charity also causes dependency. People over rely too much on charity that they are not in a position to do any wealth generating activity. If the supply is cut short, then the people who are used to rely or depend on others end up in poverty.
Poverty may be defined as a situation whereby a person is not in a capacity to live by certain standards stipulated by their society, or when a person has inadequate resources to cater for their basic needs. According to Burton (1992), it may also be defined as situation whereby someone does not have certain minimum standards required for a person to live comfortably as well as safely. The “relative deprivation definition,” which addresses a person’s inability to reach certain living standards “customary in the society” considers poverty in terms of both material goods and the psychological impacts the situation has on the individual in question, especially when such an individual lacks some resources that those people around them have (Yilmaz et al., 2003).
There are three basic approaches to defining and measuring poverty. The first approach is the absolute approach, which