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. In 2017 it was towards specific projects and costs. In general, profit share began initially to support 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
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