Neighbors of Barcelona grant microcredits to scrap dealers so they can pay the fines

Neighbors and entities of the neighborhood of Poblenou, in Barcelona, have created a system of microcredit so that sub-Saharan people who live in the neighborhood can pay the fines imposed on them for collecting scrap metal. They lend them small amounts to prevent the amount from increasing. They understand that their neighbors live from the collection because they have no other option and criticize the political and police pressure to which these immigrants are subjected.

They are small amounts of money that will be returned without a fixed term or interest. Currently, there are 15 Senegalese who have received a loan of 1,500 euros- More Bonuses Spiritofthetimes. They are small amounts of money that must be returned without a fixed term or interest. In most cases, the money has been used to pay the fines that the Urbana has for collecting cardboard or scrap from the containers. Fines can reach 300 euros and police pressure has increased lately, as corroborated by the entities.

The municipal data reveal that, in 2010, the Urbana put a total of 94 complaints about “cardboard theft”. In 2011, until the end of November, 691 had been placed, which shows that the presence of ragpickers has intensified with the crisis and that the local police is more on top of this type of infraction, which is considered an administrative fault.

To plug holes



The euros that have been lent to the sub-Saharans come entirely from donations made by the Poblenou’s own neighbors, channeled through the Network of Support to the Settlements, and are dedicated to plugging holes. “They are drowned by fines and do not have the resources to get their passports,” explained the president of the Association of Neighbors and Neighborhoods of Poblenou, Manel Andreu. In addition to paying the penalties, they have been helped to buy glasses or to pay the entrance fee to rent a flat through the microloans.

They are drowned by fines and do not have the resources to get their passports. It is the first time that a solidarity experience of this kind has been launched in Barcelona and, given the success achieved, since it was launched a year ago, you want to export the idea to Badalona and the Borne neighborhood, where there are also a large number of occupied industrial floors and warehouses.

Andreu clarified on Thursday that the idea of granting microcredits arose to help his sub-Saharan neighbors, but not to the bottom, so that they “take responsibility” and, in some cases, have returned the amount of the microcredit. Of the 1,500 euros currently lent, 24% has already been returned. A fact especially difficult to achieve if you consider that for a car full of scrap you can receive about 15 euros a day.

A more difficult life

A more difficult life


In addition, the scrap market has also changed a lot with the crisis. While the construction boom lasted, ” the scrap left over in a work almost gave it away, ” said Andreu Thursday, but now, with the crisis, you must pay to pick it up and receive less money in return.

Andreu asked that the police action “be as smooth as possible” and that the people who collect the cardboard or scrap outside the containers are not punished, something that is happening now. In some cases, local police confiscate the cargo and even the supermarket cart they use, the entities explained. In fact, some shopping centers do batidas to recover the cars that have been taken from the store. Now, they are looking for extraordinary contributions, because there are 15 people who will be shortly on the street.