Beggars are part of life in the World, Mexico is no different. The beggars here in San Miguel are not homeless. They are mostly old women living with family and getting Mexican Social Security. Mexican Social Security payments are about $30 US dollars a month. They also get completely free medical care from the government.
I always ask before taking their picture. Many people here believe someone can capture your soul from a picture. Most are willing to let you take their picture for a small price. But some will not let their picture be taken for any price, or they refuse to look into the camera. A few enjoy their picture being taken, especially if you compliment them on what a beautiful smile they have.
Some of the beggars are not old enough to receive Mexican Social Security benefits and beg while selling gum and sunflower seeds.