Case Study

Partner Locally, Compete Globally

El Campo Imports sought to bring the tastes of the world to Chicago. A financial partnership with Silo helped them extend their international reach and expand into new markets.

Recently, we used Silo Cash Advance to pay up front for loads of products from places like India, Mexico, and Sri Lanka. This allowed us to expand our customer base in Chicago and break into New England and the Midwest markets in just four months.

Ernesto Hernandez

Founder and CEO at El Campo Imports Inc.

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El Campo Imports Inc.

Hailing from Zacatecas, Mexico and now based in Chicago, USA, El Campo Imports specializes in providing quality, healthy dry goods to their US and Mexican communities. By importing product directly from the source abroad and utilizing modern post-harvest technology to process it, El Campo Imports ensures convenience and competitive pricing for their customers. Ultimately, El Campo Imports strives to be a leading produce supplier across national and international markets and improve the standard of living for their global communities.


Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Their Goals

To become a leading supplier of imported dried goods in North America and expand their in-house production of El Campo Imports branded snacks.

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Dried guajillo chilis

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  • 1 loosely packed cup of dried Guajillo chili peppers
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 head garlic - peeled
  • ¼ cup brown sugar


Step 1
Cut the tops off of your chili peppers, then place them in a small bowl. Heat your water to boiling, then pour it over the peppers. Soak peppers in the water for about 30 minutes, then drain them.

Step 2
Add the peppers to the bowl with the garlic cloves, then pour enough vinegar over them to cover. Use your spoons again to keep the peppers from floating, and soak for 30 minutes more.

Step 3
Pour the peppers, garlic, and vinegar into a food processor and add the sugar. Blend until smooth.

Step 4
Taste and adjust with salt and vinegar. Strain if desired.

Silo Capital gave El Campo Imports the Fire Power it needed to Compete Globally

The Challenge

Ernesto Hernandez, Founder and CEO of El Campo Imports Inc, moved his family business from Zacatecas, Mexico to Chicago, USA when he saw an opportunity to connect diverse American communities to cultural cuisines abroad. As El Campo Imports leaned into the importing and shipping side of their business, they faced challenges paying up front to suppliers overseas, bridging cash flow gaps, and building the relationships necessary to diversify. As a result, they felt constrained in their ability to grow in the direction they wanted and to remain competitive.

The Solution

Silo Cash Advance gave El Campo Imports the resources they needed to maintain their competitive edge in the marketplace and safely grow their business. Silo Cash Advance helped Ernesto to initiate relationships overseas that required cash upfront to establish trust and to seize opportunities to expand supply. Silo’s personalized approach made financing simple for El Campo Imports and gave them the peace of mind they needed to grow confidently.

With Silo Cash Advance you can go and meet new partners and have confidence because you are not all talk - you have the funds you need to back up the deal you want to make. Money changes the game.

The Results

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25% revenue growth in 4 months following their first draw

Funds provided through Silo Cash Advance allowed El Campo Imports to fund multiple loads of product at once. This gave them the product supply they needed to fill more orders and generate more revenue.

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3 new suppliers, 3 new commodities, 2 new territories

Silo Cash Advance gave El Campo the resources they needed to meet new demand and expand their customer base into New England and the Midwest. The influx of funds were used to improve their supply by establishing new supplier relationships and diversifying into high-demand commodities.

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New industrial kitchen to produce El Campo brand products

El Campo Imports used funds provided by Silo Cash Advance to build and staff their own industrial kitchen and begin producing their own snack products to sell in the retail market.

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