Business Is 'Blooming' For 8-Year-Old Who Sells Plants To Support His Family
His story shows that even in tough times, if you follow your heart you can do amazing things!
If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that the last few months haven't been easy. With the coronavirus forcing businesses to close, causing mass lay-offs and sky-high unemployment, families everywhere are struggling to make ends meet.
Aaron Moreno is part of one of those families.
When Aaron's mother, a single mother of three, lost her job during the pandemic and was down to her last few dollars, the eight-year-old put on his entrepreneurial hat and came up with a way to help.
The 8-year-old boy started 'Aaron's Garden' with the help of his mother and has been selling plants out of his backyard in Los Angeles, CA.GoFundMe
In June, the boy started "Aaron's Garden," and bought plants from retailers to sell from his home in Los Angeles, CA with the help of his mom. The business has taken over the small yard adjacent to the shed where the family is currently living, but it's a small price to pay to keep the family afloat during such difficult times.
"So, with my last $12 that I had in my pocket, I told him that we were going to invest it," Aaron's mother Berenice told ABC-7.
That $12 went to buying the first set of succulents for Aaron's Garden.
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Now, thanks to Aaron's impressive work ethic and over 15,000 followers on social media, Aaron's Garden is 'growing' strong. Folks from all over the city come to pick up plants and flowers from the young business owner to contribute to his mission of helping his family.
"She told me if I wanted to do something, like just spending money smart, and then I said, 'I would like to make a business,'" Aaron reported. "Well it was going really small, but I didn't mean for it to grow this way."
People travel from all over the city to buy plants from Aaron's Garden. GoFundMe
Aside from raising money to find a new home, Aaron hopes to use his hard-earned cash to help his mother, who is currently undocumented, to renew her visa. He also wants to bring his sister back from Mexico - she's been staying with relatives until the family has enough resources to bring her back.
Berenice says that every time an airplane goes by overhead, Aaron points to it and says that's how his sister will arrive.
This is Aaron with his younger sister, Alani. They're hoping to be reunited with their older sister, Ayleen, soon. @aaronsgarden
Aaron and his mom travel by bus every day to pick up plants in bulk and sell them at their home. Sometimes they set up stands at other locations throughout the city and Aaron always lets his loyal clientele know where to find him by posting on his Instagram page.
Even through tough times, Aaron's positive attitude and generosity have inspired thousands, and the support they've received from the community has been incredible.
"People support us by buying plants, following us, leaving us good comments, and they tell us nice things to keep moving forward," Berenice said. "It's what we need."