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Jade Small
Jade Small
December 12, 2023 ·  3 min read

8-Year-Old Living In A Shed With His Family Invests Mom’s Last $12 To Change Family’s Fortune

Times have been hard over the past couple of years. The pandemic turned bad days into ones that were even worse. Financial struggles and unemployment drove many people into unfortunate situations. However, times of struggle tend to bring out the most inspirational stories of triumph now and then. This is one of those stories.

Poor district of slum with shabby houses
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Berenice Pacheco is a mom to 3 children. When the pandemic hit hard and lockdowns were put into place, Bernice lost her job. Not having much money or any way to pay their bills, the family moved into a shed in East L.A.

The living conditions in the shed were not favorable. Hot days made the temperature inside near-boiling, and there was no furniture. The kids had no internet or anywhere to do their homework. Worst of all, they had to shower outside and use a public restroom at a nearby restaurant.

“As a mother it broke my heart. I felt like I was failing my kids. The playground always made them happy, but then the playgrounds shut down,” she said. “We were stuck in that shed.”


To make things worse, Pacheco knew that she was unable to provide even the simplest of pleasures for her kids. Every day around the same time, a food truck would pass by with her 8-year-old son’s favorite snack- hot Cheetos covered in cheese. However, she never had enough money to give the little boy what he wanted.

“He wanted it so badly,” Pacheco said. “But I needed to pay the phone bill and do the laundry.”


So, one day she jokingly told Aaron that he should start his own business. Then, he could have all the hot Cheetos and cheese he wanted. Surprisingly, the boy sat down with a determined face and came up with a plan.

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Boy’s Business Saves Family

Aaron came up with the idea to sell plants. He knew people in the area liked succulents and small things that were easy to take care of. So, he proposed the idea to his mom.

plants boy business
AaronsGarden | Instagram

“He came [up] with the idea of selling plants and starting a business in his yard to be a provider, and [to] buy his own Hot Cheetos with cheese without having to ask his mom for money.”


So, Pacheco looked at her son and gave him the only $12 she had. Then, she told him to invest the money. Aaron did exactly that.

With the $12, he purchased some succulents and sold them at a local flea market table. In total, he made $16, which was a $4 profit. From that moment, he knew he wanted to be in the business of selling plants for a long time.

aaron pacheco and his sister
AaronsGarden | Instagram

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Aaron went from having 8 plants to having a thriving business, and a pretty good-sized following on Instagram helped him too. He currently has 28k followers, and they all seem to love the inspirational story behind Aaron’s Garden.

In total, Aaron raised nearly $50k for his family through his plant business and a GoFundMe page that was set up for him. Which meant that the Pacheco family didn’t have to struggle anymore.

The New Setup

Pacheco and her family were ecstatic to move out of the run-down shed they were staying in, and move into an apartment.

“We finally have our own kitchen. Aaron and his sister have a place to do homework. It’s not big but it feels huge to us.”


“I never thought we could accomplish and come this far… we couldn’t believe that we got a house. I admire him for everything he has been able to do that I haven’t as a mom.”


When asked what he wants to do with his future, Aaron had some incredible goals.

“My next job after having my own plant shop will be working for nike and making my own shoes and then I plan to go to the university so I can become a judge.”


Always follow your dreams and never give up. You never know what you can accomplish.

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