DOMINICAN REPUBLIC CO-OP

CONACADO

 

Country: Dominican Republic
Product: Drinking Chocolate

CONACADO is an association of nearly 10,000 farmers that sell Fairtrade and organic cocoa in the Dominican Republic. Grown under the shade of avocado, citrus and banana trees, nearly half of CONACADO is sold on the Fairtrade market.

Before the formation of CONACADO, cocoa production in the tropical region was fragmented and of low quality. Since becoming Fairtrade certified in 1995, CONACADO has become one of the top three cocoa exporters in the Dominican Republic.

Members have used the Fairtrade Premium to...

  • Build five new fermentation centres, eight drying centres and a storage warehouse

  • Purchase trucks to transport the beans

  • Build bridges and repairs roads

  • Renovate and build schools

  • Build water wells to provide fresh water for the community

All of these improvements lead to increased productivity, higher quality beans and better income for the families of CONACADO. Who knew drinking Oxfam fair Drinking Chocolate could taste so good and be so amazing! 

Meet the Farmer

Nicolas Sanchez Rodriguez is a 60 year old cocoa farmer in Los Bravos.

Since becoming a Fairtrade cocoa farmer, Nicolas has been able to upgrade his family’s home and provide his wife and seven children with running water, electricity and a concrete floor, all funded by CONACADO. The previous soil floor exposed his family to disease and insect bites and various health problems.

“You cannot clean a floor that is soil. Now since the concrete, the children are sick less often. Water to my home means I can now shower. Living in the community has been much better since water and electricity arrived”

Nicolas Sanchez Rodriguez, CONACADO (Image supplied by FANZ)