Rezpiral realizes its fair-trade practice in part by redirecting 10% of earnings (post-tax profits) back to producers (mezcalero families). Producers determine where these funds go. Initially, in 2017, the profit share program was conceived as a means to supporting the following areas.
- Land conservation and management
- Supporting seeding practices and re-forestation
- Promote land stewardship and advocacy for communal and local land control
- Promotion of bio-diversity and preservation/propagation of endemic agave species
- Supporting family-run and owned independent production
Recently, more flexibility has been given for these funds to go towards general impending needs that need covering.
2019 Profit Share declaration:
Apolonio/Simeon Ramirez: to rehabilitate part of the palenque and to continue planting agave
Berta Vasquez: towards household costs.
Leonardo Hernandez: to rescue local agave, and for the costs of labor
Reina Sanchez: to open/graze a piece of land to plant agave, and for other costs, to build another oven and roof for the oven
Aureliano Hernandez: to support costs of his new nursery
Abel Martinez: Towards the purchasing of equipment (pine fermentation vats) and costs in the palenque
2018 Profit Share declaration:
Apolonio/Simeon Ramirez: clean and prepare lands of San Agustin Amatengo for the transplanting of agaves (labor & transportation).
Berta Vasquez: 1/3 costs of improving roofing of her house, 1/3 for costs in the fields (costs of farming & agave), 1/3 for household costs.
Leonardo Hernandez: agave sustainability: 30% for watering and maintenance of lands, 30% labor, 40% grazing lands.
Reina Sanchez: 1 part for materials and costs of the production of compost and organic insecticide (produced by her neighbor Carlitos) 3 parts for laminate & tubes (building materials).
Aureliano Hernandez: One part for the production of mezcal (purchase of agave), and the other part for planting and preparing of land (workers).
2017 Profit Share declaration:
Lalo: in support of a local Candelaria festival in Santa Catarina Minas
Berta Vasquez: supporting cost of concrete posts, barbed wire and labor in the preparing of a plot of land for agave planting.
Aureliano Hernandez: supporting this years planting with purchase of 2,000 local maguey species