Boy, 8, who started business during pandemic helps raise money to move family from shed to apartment

  • 28 Nov - 04 Dec, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

A California family down to their last $12 at the beginning of the pandemic now has a new car and a new home – and it’s all thanks to the tenacity and impressive business acumen of an eight-year-old boy. Aaron Moreno, his mother and two other family members were living in a shed in East Los Angeles and struggling with their finances when he decided to start Aaron’s Garden, his own business, in June. Though he began with just eight plants, business boomed, and now, the money he’s earned – combined with the $31,000 raised from the GoFundMe and his mom’s new part-time job – has given his family a whole new lease on life. In October, Aaron was able to buy his mother a car, her first in four years, with the money he’d earned from Aaron’s Garden. Then, in November, the family of four was finally able to upgrade from their shed to an apartment. As if that wasn’t enough, the newfound money also allowed Aaron’s sister Ayleen Pacheco to reunite with her family in California after two years in Mexico, where she’d been living with her grandmother due to the family’s financial struggles. Now that they’re no longer living in a shed, Aaron plans to set aside space in their new garage for Aaron’s Garden so he can continue building his business.