Conacado is made up of 9,669 farmer members in the Dominican Republic. The average farm is about 7.4 acres. The Fair Trade impact on these farmers has been tremendous. In fact, the average member makes 35% more than the Dominican Republic minimum wage. This has helped many farmers purchase land previously unobtainable to them.
The major use of the Fair Trade premiums for Conacado has been in the development of their facilities. They have built a processing plant where they produce cocoa powder, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor and cocoa nibs. In addition, they have an affiliated credit union giving them financial independence.