Melchorita or Melchora Saravia Tasayco, was born on January 6, 1897 in the town of San Pedro de Grocio Prado, belonging to the province of Chincha (Ica), within a humble family of artisan weavers. From a very young age she learned this trade and dedicated herself to making baskets, mats, bags and mats with cane, reeds, reeds and reeds. She was deeply devoted and did not miss the opportunity to go to Chincha to visit the temples and in her native San Pedro her life was spent between work and prayer. The Christian virtues penetrated deeply into her soul and she made it her duty to visit the sick and help the poor, even though she was also very poor. The admirable life of this holy woman earned her the respect of the people of San Pedro de San Pedro and everyone came to her humble home in search of advice, physical help and spiritual strength . Melchorita's fame began in her lifetime.
The year 1924, August 15, the priest, Miguel Gamarra of the Franciscan convent of Ica admitted the still young Melchorita to the novitiate of the Franciscan Third Order in Grocio Prado. Later in the Acts of the brotherhood she appears named for the position of counselor or discreet vicar of the Cult on January 31, 1946.
Franciscan Tertiary, she built a hermitage in her house, in imitation of Santa Rosa de Lima. There still remains her crude cot, where devotees lie down in search of some miracle. she died, a victim of cancer, on December 4, 1951 . Although the ecclesiastical authorities forbid it, all her devotees call her beatita Melchorita em> and it is said that both in life and after death portentous deeds are performed under her patronage. Her tomb, located in the Santa Elena section (C-33) in the Chincha cemetery, is also highly visited.