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Moving towards universal WASH access in the North Caribbean Coasts Autonomous Region (RACCN)

The Nicaragua Rural project helps improve living conditions for people living in 34 rural communities.

A Lazos de Agua Project

Targeted population
5 years
2017 to 2022
Waslala, Waspam and Puerto Cabezas RACCN
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 WaterAid Nicaragua, Nicaragua Rural's executing partner, and WaterAid America — for making this life-changing project possible!
Our key strategies

The Nicaragua Rural project is part of the Lazos de Agua Program. It is implemented by a variety of project partners: WaterAid America oversees WASH solutions and strengthens the local technical and managerial capabilities at community and institutional levels. Component A is a coordinated effort between the municipalities of Waslala, Waspam, and Puerto Cabezas, as well as the regional government of the RACCN. The SABC interventions in Component B are carried out by the artists groups Mujeres Creativas Lapta Yula, Traca Traca, El Bosque, Zankistas Fuego y Son, and Colectivo Arte Ceibo. And our project partners for Component C are PANA PANA, Cooperativa Caja Rural, and Mano a Mano.

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: by building or improving drinking water supply systems at community, family, and individual levels; by improving WASH services in schools and health centres; and by building sanitation solutions.

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 service tariff.


  • This project creates an enabling environment by developing WASH-specific financial products, by strengthening the WASH supply chain, by supporting market-based solutions including entrepreneurship training and micro-loan promotion campaigns.
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As of December 2021, 14,491 people

have benefitted from improved water and/or sanitation services and SABC interventions.

In 2020, finalized six gravity-fed mini-aqueducts that benefit nine communities and began construction of others;

built WASH facilities in five health care facilities and 13 schools, as well as 90 family rainwater harvesting systems
and 200 sanitation family units.

80 micro-loans

for installing family sanitation systems
have been applied for and submitted.

The project’s baseline has been formulated.

A communal drinking water system has been built.

Project Milestone

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