Bonneau, population of approximately 8,000, is located along the northwest coast of Haiti. A rural community, Bonneau is a small town with poor infrastructure, unstable housing structures, and little access to education and skills-based training. Residents must rely on small-scale subsistence agriculture, construction and domestic services for income generation. Only half of the children attend school, as tuition is too expensive. In addition, there is extensive deforestation, soil erosion and inadequate supplies of potable water in the region. Existing public spaces are run-down and inadequate for safe recreation and efficient economic use.
During the October 2010 site visit to Bonneau, KDI identified three locations within the town where a Productive Public Space (PPS) could provide a solution to community needs. KDI returned in June 2011 for a second week of community meetings and workshops to further define the Bonneau PPS.
KDI will be working with a 75-person community group, Tête Ensemble–meaning Heads Together–to transform the town's existing open-air market into a PPS. During KDI's June visit we conducted four community meetings and one participatory design charrette to determine the elements of the PPS. The existing market is small with little fresh produce or outside vendors. No access to seeds and little knowledge of agricultural growing practices, compounded by poor infrastructure and no refrigeration, contribute to residents' lack of food security.
The Bonneau PPS will revitalize and strengthen the market by improving the physical infrastructure, income-generating opportunities and areas for youth recreation. Physical infrastructure improvements will include the construction of permanent market stalls, a refrigeration and storage depot, a small business office, a recreation area for children of sellers, and a community garden. A volunteer engineer completed the land survey during the June workshop. Permission to use the existing land of the market has already been given by the local government. .