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Supporting behaviour change and strengthening the WASH sector in the state of Guanajuato

The Guanajuato project increases access to drinking water and improved sanitation in rural Guanajuato.

A Lazos de Agua Project

Targeted population
5 years
2017 to 2022
Partners involved
One Drop thanks its partners in the Lazos de Agua Program: the Inter-American Development Bank, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and Fundación FEMSA — as well as Living Water International, the project’s executing partner, and the Comisión Estatal del Agua de Guanajuato (CEAG) and Comisión Nacional del Agua (CONAGUA) — for making this life-changing project possible!
Distributed 6,300 household hygiene kits reaching 32,000 people
Provided hand sanitizer to six health care facilities
Distributed 70 soap dispensers and 20 litres of soap to 35 schools
Distributed 20,000 brochures and posters on handwashing in coordination with the Secretaría de Salud de Guanajuato
Trained more than 1,200 community leaders in COVID-19 response
Reached more than 58,800 people through mass media COVID-19 prevention messages
Our key strategies

The Guanajuato project is part of the Lazos de Agua Program. It is implemented by Living Water International along with the CEAG — who manages component A of this project as part of the State of Guanajuato’s multi-million-dollar rural water and sanitation program. It strengthens both the technical and the managerial capacities of committees and municipalities in the WASH area, fosters behaviour change, and improves community access to affordable, quality WASH products and services. The Guanajuato project is partnering with Habitat for Humanity in component C, while also partnering with artist groups Imaginartes, Tiliches del baúl, Cine Colectivo, and Machincuepa, to develop its Social Art for Behaviour Change (SABC) interventions.

A·B·C for Sustainability


  • The aim is to increase access to water and sanitation services that are safely and sustainably managed. This is done by building or improving infrastructure — in this case, water supply systems in 65 rural communities, and sanitation infrastructures in 25 rural communities.

Behaviour change

  • This project fosters the following behaviours through SABC interventions: drinking water treatment and safe storage, handwashing with soap and water at key moments, and payment of the water and sanitation services tariffs.


  • This project supports the emergent supply-chain of WASH-related services and goods, by granting up to US$75,000 in WASH-related micro-loans to approximately 500 people, and providing micro-financing and small-business training.
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As of December 31, 2021, more than 33,000 people

gained access to at least basic drinking water services and/or sanitation services at home
and almost 9,000 people have participated in SABC interventions.

Built/rehabilitated 15 instead of 14 planned water systems with strong commitment from the CEAG

to ensure access to safe drinking water for more than 16,000 people
despite the pandemic.

A communal drinking-water system, started in 2017, was completed.

The first stage of Sustainability activities

and the training of Change Leaders
have begun in La Escondida.

Project Milestone

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