Ismael lives in Batey Lechería in the Dominican Republic. Batey is the Haitian word for village. The older generations in Batey Lechería are Haitian.
Life for Haitians in the Dominican is difficult. Unless they have sufficient funds to start their own business, which most do not, they are passed over for work because of their nationality. Dominicans prefer to hire their own countrymen.
Ismael was born in the Dominican Republic and speaks Spanish. Ismael has three siblings and lives with his mother. His father passed away and this made their circumstances even more difficult. Ismael's mom sells avocados and plantains to try to sustain her family.
Currently, Ismael is in 5th grade at the primary public school. His favorite subject is math and he enjoys playing soccer. He would like to become a doctor in the future.