Sunstar Overseas Ltd.
Sunstar Fair Trade farmers exclusively grow organic rice, illustrating the federation's dedication to sustainable farming practices. Since becoming Fair Trade Certified by the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) in 2004, the federation has improved their stewardship of the land and raised the standard of living for its 907 member farmers. Federation members represent a great diversity of ethnicities, scheduled castes and religious beliefs.
The higher price received for our rice has helped farmers emerge from an exploitative eternal debt cycle... The vicious cycle has been broken by the Fair Trade mechanism, because Sunstar provides interest-free loans. The added income has infused confidence among farmers and their condition is not only improving economically, but also socially. ”
Ajay Katyal, Sunstar Exporter
The federation offers training on organic and sustainable agricultural practices, and provides loans for agricultural improvements. It also funds and facilitates the organic certification process.
Sunstar provides women and children increased access to educational opportunities and health care. The federation runs agricultural training for disadvantaged women, facilitates self-help groups, and provides family planning programs. A school wall compound was also constructed.
Sunstar members have invested Fair Trade premiums to build a multi-purpose community hall.
At Federation of Small Farmers of Khaddar Area - Sunstar, most of the area is water-logged and inundated; thus, farmers have decided to invest almost 100% of the Fair Trade premium in improving road access and drainage channels.