Stories of Change

In our Program 179.868 people (86% of the final goal) have benefited from Water, Sanitation and/or Hygiene (WASH) infrastructure, and 195.919 people (103% of the final goal) have participated in Social Art for Behavior Change (SABC) activities implemented by Artist Groups or Leaders of Change in 5 Latin American countries.

Leaders of Change in ConvidArte Tumaco, Colombia

-Marlene

Micro-entrepreneur, leader, and participant of ConvidArte project in Colombia.

What motivated me the most [to improve the hardware store] was that the community would have all the aqueduct accessories, whatever they need to have water in their homes; what they are going to look for elsewhere, we have here in the village.

-Maria del Carmen

Micro-entrepreneur participating in Water for ConvidArte project

During the training process I've learned many things I didn't know would be useful for my company. For me, the support I've received means a lot. I thank the Water for ConvidArte Project because with their help, I will move forward and achieve my goals as a micro-entrepreneur in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector.

-Jenifer

Micro-entrepreneur participating in Water for ConvidArte project in Colombia

Thanks to Water for ConvidArte project support, I am now a great entrepreneur. One day I dreamed of being a great professional and entrepreneur. Today, thanks to Water for ConvidArte project it's a reality and I can give a better economic stability to my children.

-Ligia

Leader of Change participating in Water for ConvidArte project

I feel committed to replicate what I learned in my community. In all the activities with the artistic groups I have give to the community. I'm a teacher and I have to be an example for my children, the example mobilizes, and being able to transmit through art to my community and the whole world simple actions such as washing hands, and learning to treat water to have better hygiene and health, makes me so happy.

Leaders of Change in Guanajuato, Mexico

-Felipe Juárez

Xoconoxtlito del Llanito Community in Mexico

It caught my attention when they told us the training was about how we could help each other, how we could work in the future, and more important, how to understand people and how people could understand us.

-Elisa

Mangas Cuatas Community in México

If all of us were Leaders of Change, how would Mexico be? (Elisa is a female puppeteer, she gave voice to the character "La llorona" and has participated in the two editions of the Art Fair and the mural created in her community).

-Maria del Socorro

Leader of Change Guanajuato Project

The most beautiful thing about being a Leader of Change is that your family recognizes you, they support you, they give you the opportunity to help, to learn, to improve yourself. Also, the community sees you, that you work hard, you put your heart into it; and yes, you motivate other people.

-Juan Gabriel Segovia

Social management director of the state water commission of Guanajuato (CEAG) - Lazos de Agua Government partner in Mexico.

The Guanajuato Project's strategy for strengthening the value chain is something innovative, which has a positive impact and reinforces the infrastructure work done in the communities. This may also have a positive impact on Guanajuato's Secretariat of Social and Human Development, as it seeks to improve the living conditions of people in marginalized areas.

Leaders of Change in Nicaragua Rural

-Junior Navarro

Health center responsible in Zapote Kum community, Wasala, Nicaragua.

At that time [before having the new facilities] it was a problem because the latrines were in bad condition and the patients didn't like to use them; it has been quite a significant advance, it has helped us even in the time we are living now with the pandemic.

-Robin

Nurse at health center benefited from new water system, inaugurated as part of Nicaragua Rural project

I do my best to provide decent care to my patients. The biggest difficulty was the lack of latrines, which are essential in a health center. Now we have flush toilets and showers.

-Adalis Orozco

Leader of Change Nicaragua Rural Project

One of the best moments I was able to experience in the workshops as a Leader of Change was when the facilitator promoted us and was always encourage us that we could learn to modulate our voice. I always participate; I work as president of the CAPS (Water and Sanitation Committee) and in the assembly I need that voice and that has helped me a lot.

Leaders of Change in Y Kuaa, Paraguay

-María Monsderrat

Leader of Change Y Kuaa Project

My contribution is to encourage and support my community. Now many people say 'the youth is lost' and it is not true; we the youth, are the change.

-Liz

Y Kuaa Project Paraguay

We used to have to call a plumber to fix the problem, no matter how small it was. It's great to know that now, when we have a problem, we can fix it ourselves.

-Francisca Rivas

Participant of Y Kuaa Project and Collaborator of Junta de Saneamiento de Liberación Sur, San Pedro department, Paraguay.

I ask the women in my community to participate as well as the men. We must know the needs of our community in order to be useful and supportive later on.

-Felipe Cabañas

Y Kuaa Project participant and president of Junta de Saneamiento de Liberación Sur, San Pedro department, Paraguay.

I want people to collaborate so the board continues to function, because it is an autonomous authority where it is crucial to understand the value of our contribution.

-Silvana Lopez

Participant in Y Kuaa project and treasurer of the Yakare'i 3 Bocas Sanitation Board, Department of Caaguazú in Paraguay.

We [community mothers] teach that we should keep the water safe for consumption and that we should not misuse it, because it is a resource that can run out. Also, that we must comply with the payment, because we pay for the water supply service, not for the water itself. There is a whole system that works to provide us with water and whose functioning depends on us.

Líderes de Cambio en Quiché, Guatemala

-Lidia Lucas

Member of the water committee in Quiché Program, Guatemala.

I feel like family with my fellow [water] committee members; there is respect and support. Ever since I was little I wanted to be part of a similar group. The first job I did when I joined the committee was to be in charge of trenching the pipeline.

-Samuel

Quiché Program, Guatemala

There were no projects like this before. We heard some projects were coming, but in other villages. I thought it'd be difficult to do one in the community, but when it came out, it was a very nice project. The support of the engineers [from Water For People, executing partner of Quiché Program] was very good. Now everything is very good in the community because we have water at home and that benefits all the families.

-Estanislada

Quecá community, Quiché department in Guatemala

I thank my neighbors and my husband for their support during the toilet construction. Having it close to the house gives me peace of mind because it's a safe place.

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