Women help ease bridal shortage
Candeleda - Organisers of a dating association that introduces bachelors in rural central Spanish villages to women bussed in from Madrid say they are trying to slow a population drain from the countryside.
Organiser Manuel Gozalo said Candeleda, population 6 000, was waking up Sunday after hosting a fiesta to introduce its bachelors to 68 women.
Gozalo set up the association, Asocamu, 17 years ago in a bid to shore up small agricultural communities whose mainly single, male residents were finding the loneliness too tough to endure.
Gozalo says the financial crisis, the lure of city jobs and the prospect of never finding brides has meant that many villages are falling into ruin after being abandoned.