Lazos de Agua's Project for the state of Guanajuato in Mexico.

Implemented by Living Water International (LWI) in collaboration with the Guanajuato State Water Commission (CEAG) and the National Water Commission (Conagua) from October 2017 to December 2022 in 67 rural and peri-urban communities of less than 2,500 inhabitants.

In Mexico:

  • 7.8 million people (of 28.3 millions) don't have access to potable water.
  • 25% of households receives water service sporadically.
  • 7% of households don't receive piped water and have to get it from other places.
  • 57% of water for agricultural use is wasted due to inefficient infrastructures.
  • 75.7% of sweet water in the country is used for agriculture.

Learn how we work in the Guanajuato Project

More than US$14 million, contributed by the Program, CEAG and LWI, will facilitate sustainable access to WASH services for nearly 63,000 people by December 2022. Of these, about 49,000 will also have participated in SABC activities.

In Guanajuato Project we increase the exercise of healthy practices and the strengthening of the WASH value chain in the areas intervened in Mexico through:

  • Infrastructure
  • Strengthening of organizations for the provision of WASH services
  • Social Art for Behaviour Change™ (SABC) activities
Customers served! $ 1000000 Total budget (USD)

Achievements as of December 2022 in Guanajuato:

81,822 people

have received access to water and/or sanitation services (WASH).

57,533 people

have participated in SABC activities.

67 water committees

have been trained.

55 WASH institutions

have been supported.

115 communities

rural and peri-urban areas have been benefited.

138 replicas

of SABC interventions have been carried out in communities by Leaders of Change in which 3,913 people have participated.

67 community systems

of drinking water have been built and improved.

1,063 women & 302 men

have been trained as leaders of change through 85 trainings.

The Guanajuato Project and its government partners reinforce the sustainability of the project through:

Strategy consolidation to strengthen the local water, sanitation and/or hygiene value chain.

Strengthening state social care programs, for example through the integration of SABC activities, to increase the sustainability of WASH operations.

31 SABC activities, have been designed and implemented 435 times to promote the adoption of behaviors such as:

  • water fee payment
  • hand washing with soap and water
  • the safe treatment and storage of drinking water at home

These processes involve:

  • Theater plays
  • Co-creation of songs and humorous clips
  • Training workshops for Leaders of Change 
  • Murals co-creations

Meet the puppeteers of Los Martinez

Ramona, Carmen, Estrella, Ilse, Erika and Jazmin were invited by the Guanajuato project to join a group that would work hand in hand with local artists. While they were involved with social art and water care, their children developed other activities in the village school.

"Here we no longer had the right to dance or play. But in that little room we played as if we were little girls and in a little while we were happy and we learned new things; the time passed quickly", Carmen said. Now, these women are in charge of telling the stories that will inspire their community.

The puppeteers of Los Martinez use their memories and emotions from childhood around their relationship with water to enrich the whole community with their interpretation, their experiences and perceptions, hoping for the future and honoring the past.

A·B·C for Sustainability in Guanajuato Project

Access Component Goals:

  • Strengthen the technical and management capacities in the WASH area for water and sanitation committees, as well as of the municipalities.
  • Build or improve supply systems in 67 communities in rural and peri-urban areas, facilitating access to safe drinking water for nearly 62,300 people.
  • Build or improve sanitation infrastructure in 25 rural communities, benefiting 20,000 people.

In addition to infrastructure development, this component includes the creation and strengthening of community water and sanitation committees and the promotion of women's leadership.

Guanajuato's SABC activities inspire and activate the adoption of the following behaviours and sustain their practice:

  • Disinfect and safely store drinking water in the home.
  • Wash hands with soap and water at important times: before eating, before preparing food and after using the toilet.
  • Pay the water service fee.

The project's SABC processes include:


Theatre plays El bandido escurridizo, La divina garza enjabonada & Sueño de una tarde en Guanajuato.


The workshops Creative Dramatics -puppet theater- and Social Circus.


Workshops for the creation of murals and short films.

In Component B, groups of artists have participated, such as Imaginartes, Tiliches del Baúl, Machincuepa Circo Social, Fundación Todo por el Cine and mural artist Pablo Durán.

The Capital Component objectives:

  • Develop solutions tailored to the local socioeconomic context to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene, and strengthen local enterprises in the WASH sector.

Hábitat para la Humanidad has collaborated as a key contributor in Component C with Living Water International, CEAG and Conagua in Guanajuato's Project.

Learn about Martha Juarez's story

The teacher in Xoconoxtlito del Llanito who participated in the Social Art for Behaviour Change activities and adapted its dynamics to her classroom.

Her father invited her to the Social Circus workshop and then followed theater plays, mural and short film workshops, and an art fair. Processes where Martha was able to participate, replicate what she learned, overcome her fear of expressing herself, learn, and put into practice the discipline required to achieve her goals.

"The Social Circus workshop was the most significant since the workshop leaders accompanied us and motivated us to overcome shyness while transmitting the importance of community participation", expressed Martha.

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