Young boy opens plant business to bring his sister back home and help mom who lost her job

Since March, the novel Coronavirus has taken so much from us. It completely changed the way we live, and there is no guarantee we will return to normal after all this. Many people have lost their livelihoods and jobs due to the pandemic.

One of these people is Berenice Pacheco. Despite being unemployed, this mother is fortunate to have a son who will do anything to help his family.

Aaron, 8, took matters into his own hands when he learned his mother no longer had a job. A boy from Boyle Heights discovered his entrepreneurial side and started a business selling plants. To accomplish this, he had two main goals.

To begin with, he wants to support his family financially so they can move out of the shed where they live at a relative’s house. Secondly, he hopes to bring his sister, Ayleen, home from Mexico. Due to insufficient resources, the girl had been living with their grandmother for the past two years.

Ayleen is glad to know that her brother is doing everything he can to get the family back together. The boy points to an airplane every time it flies overhead and says that’s how his sister will arrive.

Aaron says, “I want Ayleen back.”.

Aaron and his mom both love plants. Aloe and the money tree are the boy’s favorite plants.

“Aloe vera is his favorite. He also gets a lot of mosquito bites. Aloe vera has some type of medicine that heals, so we learned that. Berenice said that was awesome to learn.

Their passion soon became a means of survival. With only $12 left in her pocket, Berenice told her son they would invest it. The money was then used by Aaron to purchase his first set of succulents in June. By bus, the mother and son travel to downtown Los Angeles to buy plants in bulk and sell them.

‘She said if I wanted to spend my money smart, then I could make a business,'” said the young entrepreneur. The business was really small, but I hadn’t intended for it to grow this way.”

One of her mom’s high school classmates, Esli Ramos, was impressed by Aaron’s heroic gesture. In order to help Berenice and her family, she created a GoFundMe page for Aaron’s Garden. A total of $27,615 has been collected so far, exceeding the fundraiser’s $1,000 goal!

Aaron’s business is becoming more popular because of this fundraiser and several media exposures.

“Last week, we began selling. Berenice said, “We ran out of plants, and we hope they will run out again.

Despite the hardships caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Aaron and his mother are grateful for the incredible support they’re receiving.

People support us by buying plants, following us, leaving nice comments, and telling us nice things to keep moving forward. Berenice said, “It’s what we need.”.

To all those who helped Aaron’s business, he has this to say.

Thank you to everyone who bought a plant from me. It means a lot to me.”

In addition to moving into a bigger house and bringing his sister back home, Aaron hopes to find an attorney to resolve his mom’s undocumented status. There was a visa for Berenice when she came here, but it has already expired.

Watch ABC 7’s video below to learn more about Aaron’s Garden.

At such a young age, this boy already understands the value of hard work. Share this story with your family and friends to support Aaron’s Garden!

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