The ‘little Colombia’ of Carboneros, the city of Jaén that grows with the assistance of Pedro, the builder

In only one yr, this city within the Sierra Morena has gained 28 new residents from Colombia Pedro Moga is a builder from Bailén who has altruistically participated within the repopulation of this city of 600 inhabitantsAbandoned cities in Spain

A policeman, a pc scientist, an escort or a salsa singer… They are the brand new residents of Carboneros, a small city of 600 inhabitants within the Sierra Morena area, in Jaén. In only one yr they’ve gone from depopulation to repopulation with the arrival of 28 folks… all from Colombia and all due to Pedro Moga, a builder from Jaén in love with this city and decided to fill it up once more.

“He would go to city to do some work,” says Pedro, and that is how he discovered about Carboneros’ battle in opposition to depopulation. For years his city corridor has had municipal housing that he rents at a low value, from 150 euros. However, some homes weren’t furnished, and Pedro solved it by amassing furnishings throughout Jaén to take to city. “Where they informed me they gave me one, that is the place I went to carry it,” says this builder.

Meanwhile, Pedro was devoted to posting on Facebook the benefits of dwelling in Carboneros. “I wrote in numerous teams that talked about repopulation,” says Pedro. He instantly began receiving messages asking for extra data. One of them was from Juan Carlos Puello, a Colombian laptop scientist who had been dwelling in Madrid for 2 months and who was devoured by rents within the capital, his dream of a greater future.

Meeting between Colombians and residents of Carboneros.NIUS

“I left with my spouse and my two daughters,” says Juan Carlos, who arrived eleven months in the past now. A really rural, backward city with unpaved streets was anticipated. “The idea of a city in Colombia is totally different from that of Spain”, he explains to us, “here’s a very clear and really organized small metropolis, with all its facilities, similar to well being facilities and even a municipal swimming pool”.

More and extra households arrived and all of them had been helped by Pedro. Now, along with furnishings, he obtained electrical home equipment, garments and blankets for the primary days. “People are very supportive,” says Pedro, “I made associates and my associates had been all united.” Sometimes, if the Carboneros home was not but outfitted, he himself welcomed them in his in Bailén.

He additionally helped them with employment by placing them involved with individuals who want employees. “Above all look after the aged as a result of there are various aged folks,” says Juan Carlos, “and likewise in building or one thing within the subject with reference to olive bushes.” Meanwhile, the Carboneros City Council knowledgeable them of assist from the Red Cross or Cáritas.

Luis, an escort in Carboneros

Eight months in the past, the household of Luis arrived, a Colombian escort whose life has been utterly modified by this city. “There he was uncovered, there was plenty of threat and when he went out he by no means knew if he would come dwelling,” he confessed to NIUS. Now earlier than going out into the road he hugs his kids with out worry. “My oldest son has already misplaced his accent and speaks to me in Spanish,” he says, smiling.

Luis arrived along with his two kids, his spouse and his mother-in-law. After a while in Spain and a few unhealthy experiences, when he met Pedro he didn’t belief an excessive amount of that he would assist him for nothing. “I assumed they had been going to steal my kids,” Luis now confesses, who assures that he’s joyful to have moved to Carboneros.

“At the second within the faculty it has been seen quite a bit,” says the mayor of the city, Domingo Bonilla, “we have now gone from 45 to 60 college students.” He has additionally been seen within the daycare. He begins to satisfy Domingo’s dream of avoiding the depopulation of the city the place he was born and the place he has been mayor for greater than 20 years. “Repopulation is an answer for the agricultural world.”

new workforce

From this concept arises the Rural Innovation Center of Sierra Morena in Carboneros by which the City of Carboneros participates. Here new residents, similar to Luis or Juan Carlos Puello, will be skilled in professions in response to the wants of the world, particularly agriculture. “They are labor camps with out a lot labor in Spain,” says Juan Carlos, “as a result of individuals are leaving the cities.”

“The individuals are not going to adapt to you,” Pedro Moga warns them… though he begins to take action. In reality, some conferences have already been organized between the brand new neighbors of Carboneros and people of a lifetime. “We have held gastronomic and cultural occasions in order that the folks get to know the tradition,” says Juan Carlos. Even one of many newcomers, José Quiñones, a singer in his nation, is composing a report concerning the combat in opposition to depopulation in Carboneros.

Some of the households understanding the world.NIUS

Repopulation is a part of the DNA of this city, which was born exactly from the Sierra Morena colonization mission. In the 18th century, King Carlos III, below the course of Mayor Pablo Olavide, created new populations on this space susceptible to banditry.

Now the hazard is totally different, the depopulation that threatens to steal their future. But they’ve discovered a really shut ally, Pedro Moga, the builder decided to revive life to all these cities that gave it to us… and who has proposed to start out with Carboneros.