First insurance benefit paid in San Miguel

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

After the sudden passing of a single mother who had signed up for the new national Life Insurance for Female Heads of Households, the first check to guarantee the education of one of her sons was handed over on Thursday, April 30, in the community of El Fraile.

The call for program registration was launched on September 30, 2013, and the program came into force in October the same year. The program’s goal is to keep the children of women living in extreme poverty in school, if the mother is the main resource of income and she passes away. The financial support is exclusively for schooling and ranges from 300 pesos for children in kindergarten to 500 for those in primary school, 700 for high school students and from 1,300 to 1,800 for those enrolled in a university.

Pueblo Jaime Pegueros, a 75-year-old woman, had 15 children. One of them, a single mother, was Camelia Rangel Jaime, who passed away in February of this year from chronic diabetes. Camelia had five children, two of whom are married. Sergio is 16 years old and works temporary jobs; he does not go to school. Rosa is a 15-year-old who helps her grandmother in the house and does not go to school on the recommendation of a teacher because of her speech disability and impaired memory. Félix is 10 years old and is in fifth grade. “He is very intelligent and wants to study for a degree,” says his grandmother, who now is taking care of him.

On April 30, Claudia Navarrete Aldaco, representative of the SEDESOL (Secretariat of Social Development) in Guanajuato, visited the rural community of El Fraile to hand over the first check for Sergio’s schooling. Aldaco told the grandmother that if Rosa and Sergio enroll in a school they could receive financial support immediately.

The representative of SEDESOL told Atención that in the state there are more than 400,000 women living in extreme poverty. Those women are the only source of income for their families. More than 180,000 women have enrolled in the program. After five months, 16 of them have passed away, and in San Miguel Camelia was the first. In San Miguel there are 5,940 female heads of households, and 4,190 are enrolled in the insurance program.

Those interested in enrolling must go to the office located in the Social Development Department at city hall. The women must be Mexicans between 12 and 68 years of age. At least one of their children must be in school. Original documents required to be registered must be presented (birth certificate and an official identification). Their salary cannot be higher than 1,329 pesos a month in the rural area and 2,244 pesos in the urban area.

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