PROFIT SHARE: Rezpiral realizes a fair-trade practice in part by redirecting a part of profits back to producers at the end of the year (profits defined as total sales to distributors minus all project costs).
In 2020 profit share has evolved to 30% from the original 10% distributed yearly from 2017 to 2019. Currently, 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
This practice has since evolved to understand the well-being & health of the family as equally important and integral and now allows families to fully determine the best destination & use of the funds.
2022 30% Profit Share declaration:
$18,421 or 30% of the post-cost profit of 2022 redistributed as a % correlated to each family’s part/contribution to the 7th Series of mezcales. Fund re-distribution and useage as follows
Simeon Ramirez 14% use: bathroom construction (local workers & material), purchase of agave from father, eye operation costs, costs of cleaning lands manually (no herbicide), partially enabling an ability to rest after operation
Berta Vasquez 24% use: investment via production of mezcal
Aureliano Hernández 12% use:
Abel Martínez 8% use:
Reina Sanchez 16% use: costs of fixing the truck, paying workers to manually clean 3 lands of madrecuish, pulquero and cuish agaves, economic support to a kindergarten (playground)
Familia de Christina & Tio Chico (RIP) 4% use:
Alejandrina & Nicolás Hernández 14% use: investment in planting Cuishe agaves grown & bought locally in Rio Seco
Luis Antonio 8% use: investment/purchase in new copper alambiques
2021 30% Profit Share declaration:
$19,651 USD // 401,877 MXP – redistribution break down
17% Berta Vasquez
12% Aureliano Hernández
16% Simeón Ramírez
20% Reina Sánchez
13% Alejandrina & Nicolas Hernández
7% Familia de Tio Chico & Christina
2020 30% Profit Share declaration:
February – Berta Vasquez, Aureliano Hernandez, Simeon Ramirez, Reina Sanchez: LIBRE (no reporting)
July Berta Vasquez: Family support, mezcal production.
July Aureliano Hernandez: Agrarian labor, personal expenses.
July Simeon Ramirez: Agrarian labor, agave transplanting and land clearing
July Reina Sanchez: Tractoring a piece of land.
2019 10% Profit Share declaration:
Dec. Aureliano Hernandez: Operating costs
Nov. Berta Vasquez: Labor to harvest maize, zacate, labor to clean a field of agave, and for personal expenses.
Nov. Reina Sanchez: Financing clearing of land for agave planting. Installation of a well, water pump, irrigation system, electrical infrastructure.
Nov. Simeon Ramirez: Concrete postings and barbed wire to secure a large parcel of land from theft. Improvements to palenque infrastructure/practice.
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 alambique oven and palenque roof
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 10% 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 for the home).
Aureliano Hernandez: One part for the production of mezcal (purchase of agave), and the other part for planting and preparing of land (workers).
2017 10% 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