Last updated: 09/3/2020

Programme Details

Programme objectives

This programme started on 2001 covering people over 70 years old. In 2009, the coverage was extended to adults over 68 years old. Nowadays, 92% of the elderly residents in Mexico City are receiving this pension, which represents the only source of income for 29% of women and 15% of men. The amount of the transfer is equivalent to half of the minimum wage of Mexico City. The programme also considers social workers visits to monitor the beneficiaries.

Conditionalities (if any)
i) Food Pension Card component: The beneficiary must register with the Service Modules, and he/she will receive a social worker's visit without prior notice. On the visit, the beneficiary has to provide a copy of his/her ID , and will receive a receipt. If the beneficiary is accepted into the programme, the social worker will return to the house to deliver the magnetic card and the beneficiary will sign the Letter of Commitment. Sanctions: The beneficiary is not found at home by the social worker for three consecutive times; Provision of false information; Impossibility to receive the pension through a representative, in case of dementia or disability of the elderly; Non-compliance of the agreements signed in the Letter of Committment.

Targeting and eligiblity

Eligibility criteria
Adults 68 years of age or older living in Mexico City. Self-selection: Registration of beneficiaries in the offices of Institute for Aid to the Elderly in the Federal District. 3 years of residence in Mexico City is required. If the beneficiary can not register on his/her own, this process can be done by a voluntary representative, upon presentation of the identification documents of the beneficiary and the representative.

Coverage and other information

Contribution type and amount
ii) Credit component: There are a new offer of loans directed to beneficiaries with no necessity of guarantee. The credit must be paid in12, 24 or 36 payments, and the maximum amount is 5,000 Mexican pesos (324 dollars) and a monthly interest rate of 1.8%. This component seeks to guarantee the access of elderly to economic rights and the improvement of health conditions and feeding.