A 99-year-old man in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, went to a butcher shop to ask for meat on credit and offered to leave a piece of clothing as collateral. The man, who is seen in a video shared on TikTok by Ramiro Iram Maldonado, explained that he would have the money to pay for the meat in 20 days when he receives his old age pension.
The video has shed light on the difficult reality that many elderly people in Mexico face. According to a report by the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL), many elderly people in Mexico do not have sufficient economic resources. In 2022, there were 9.8 million people aged 65 and over in the country, and 55.7% of them had pension income from social programs. However, the average amount they received was only $1,292 pesos per month.
The report also revealed that 9.8% of the elderly population in Mexico worked in a subordinate manner, receiving an average monthly remuneration of $6,990 pesos. Additionally, poverty among elderly people decreased to 37.9%, but many still struggle to make ends meet.
The situation has prompted the implementation of the Pension for the Welfare of the Elderly, which provides financial support to elderly individuals in Mexico. The support increased to $3,000 pesos per month in 2024, but the video of the elderly man asking for meat on loan has highlighted the need for more social support for elderly people in Mexico. The video has gone viral on social media, sparking discussions about the economic challenges faced by the elderly population in the country.