Boyle Heights and Puebla stay connected via a one-man delivery service

Aniceto Cortes | Boyle Heights Beat

Aniceto Cortes aka Don Cheto| Boyle Heights Beat


Boyle Heights Beat SmallBOYLE HEIGHTS — Aniceto Cortes distinctly remembers his days as a young boy, working on his grandfather’s fields in the small village of San Felipe Xochiltepec, Puebla. Whenever an airplane crossed the sky, he recalls, he would run towards a tree, hold on to it and stare at the sky in awe. He wondered what the metallic bird flying through the sky was and dreamed of someday being able to be up high with it.

“I would simply look at the sky and ask myself: ‘Would I someday, when I’m big, be able to be up there?’”, he recalled.

Now, the 52-year-old immigrant lives his dream of flying, traveling by air weekly with a business he set up that allows him to be his own boss.

For over 10 years, Aniceto Cortés has been providing a unique service to people in his hometown and their relatives in Los Angeles. He delivers encomiendas–packages of specially requested goods–to and from his home in Boyle Heights.

Family members often bring encomiendas –which means requests– back to Los Angeles after travel back home to Mexico. That’s how Cortés started, taking and bringing back encomiendas on his trips to Puebla.

Find out more about the Cortes  and his encomiendas business at Boyle Heights Beat.

Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth and a sister website with stories also produced by community members “por y para la comunidad.”

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