What We Do

What Does Tagua Do?

Tagua purchases handmade items from overseas artisans, paying them a fair wage. We provide a market for these beautiful, creative people here in the United States.

The Story of Tagua

The Tagua Nut is a special kind of nut used to carve miniatures which look like ivory. Tagua symbolizes the resourcefulness of artists who use existing materials to create items to sell. LEARN MORE


New Store Brings Artisan Creations to Fig Garden Village (on the North Side of La Boulangerie Bakery)

Tagua Fair Trade invites mindful shoppers to discover unique and beautiful gifts while supporting artisan communities around the world at a new pop-up store in Fig Garden Village, next to La Boulangerie Bakery.

Tagua’s inventory features a wide variety of home décor and personal accessories, each with a story of industrious artisans whose craft enables them to feed their families, find shelter in safe housing, and send their children to school.

  • In India and Bangladesh, where widowed or abandoned women are vulnerable to human traffickers, craft workshops enable them to support their families by creating beautiful purses and jewelry from recycled sari fabric. Shoppers can select from a variety of quilted throws, purses, and even jewelry made of repurposed fabric previously discarded as scraps. Each is handmade and unique.
  • Colorful Bolgatana market baskets made by women in Ghana, Africa, are another distinctive item featured at Tagua. The women of Bolga, subsistence farmers in a region with poor soil, harsh weather and erratic rainfall, supplement their income by creating these large handled baskets, each with its own one-of-a-kind color and design.
  • Olivewood nativities from the Holy Land are among the many Christmas items at Tagua. In a village just outside of Bethlehem, Raja Bannoura collects pruned olive branches and dries them for his family workshop. He and other woodcarvers produce unique nativities and ornaments in the birthplace of Jesus.

All of Tagua’s inventory—from scarves and hats to stone sculptures and wall hangings—were created in homes and workshops that adhere to the principles of fair trade—ensuring fair wages and safe working conditions and creating opportunities for women and other marginalized artisans around the world.

Tagua is located at 732 W. Shaw Avenue, next door to La Boulangerie Bakery in Fig Garden Village. Hours are 10am to 7pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sunday.

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Fair Trade Fresno, DBA Tagua, is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, Tax ID# 46-3282776

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Susan Kincaid, Chair
Pat Unruh, Volunteer Coordinator
Tara Neufeld, Events Coordinator