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Y Kuaa: Supporting behaviour change and strengthening the WASH sector in Paraguay

The Y Kuaa Project improves safe access to water and sanitation services in rural communities and small cities in Paraguay

A Lazos de Agua Project

Targeted population
5 years
2017 to 2022
San Pedro, Concepción, Caaguazú, Guairá, Cordillera, Paraguarí, Itapúa, Alto Paraná and Canindeyu


December 2020 | The Y Kuaa Project, executed by Fundacion Moises Bertoni, in collaboration with Senasa, won the "Reconocimiento ODS Paraguay 2020" award by the Pacto Global Paraguay, the Centro de Información y Recursos para el Desarrollo (CIRD), with the support of the European Union in Paraguay!

Reconocimiento ODS Paraguay 2020
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 Fundación Moisés Bertoni, the project’s executing partner, and Servicio Nacional de Saneamiento Ambiental de Paraguay (SENASA), Japan Special Poverty Reduction Fund, IDB Lab and the Spanish Cooperation — for making this life-changing project possible!
Our key strategies

Y kuaa, which means “Water Wisdom” in the Guaraní language, is part of the Lazos de Agua Program. The project is implemented by Fundación Moisés Bertoni along with SENASA, who is responsible for component A as part of the government's multi-million-dollar program. The project’s goal is to use Social Art for Behaviour Change to improve the sustainability of the WASH infrastructure being built in seven designated Paraguay departments. Y kuaa addresses challenges related to the management, maintenance, and sustainability of the water supply networks and sanitation units. Three artists’ groups are carrying out the project’s Social Art for Behaviour Change (SABC) interventions are Jakairá, Crear en Libertad, and Tierra Nuestra.

*The total investment has changed from last year’s reported number due to the signing of an addendum.

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 piped-water systems to benefit 10,488 households, and connecting 3,993 households to a new sewage system.

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. It also aims to train SENASA officers to integrate the SABC approach into their governmental agency’s projects.


  • The Y kuaa project provides 500 micro-loans that are tailored to local communities, to strengthen local ventures that improve access to WASH services.
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Our unique approach
SABC in times of Covid-19 | Y Kuaa Project, Paraguay
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As of December 31, 2021, more than 35,601 people have benefitted from improved water and/or sanitation services, and 37,815 people have participated in SABC interventions
87 rural communities and 5 small towns benefited
57 drinking water systems were constructed or improved in target communities
By extending the project, 49 additional communities will benefit from WASH infrastructure

Project Milestone

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