Esperanza the main character of the story. She is caring and grows responsibility towards her family, community, and herself. She is also courageous, innocent, and helpful.
Nenny is Esperanza's immature little sister. She is independent, she dreams with focus, and she doesn't let others' opinions affect her. Also, her innocence is a quality that sometimes annoys Esperanza.
Lucy and Rachel are Esperanza's friends. Lucy is kind and respectful. Rachel is sassy and confident. But they are both friendly.
Mama and Papa are Esperanza's parents. They are loving, caring, and supportive of their children. They are also hard workers and dreamers.
Sally is Esperanza's friend who is a bad influence. Sally is bold, confident, and careless about Esperanza. Sally is also a mean and selfish person.
Marin is Esperanza's friend. She is bold, helpful, and she dreams of love and romance. But she is also immature and a troublemaker which makes her a bad influence on Esperanza.