Kesmi 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.
Kesmi lives with both parents and five siblings. Her father works on the streets selling various items such as recycled plastic containers and her mother sells groceries from their home. Their income is simply not enough to sustain the entire family.
Kesmi's siblings are Maria age 13, Eliseo age eight who is also in 25 Project's sponsorship program, Jafeili age six, Keisla age four and Elias age two. The family lives in a two-room home.
Currently, Kesmi is in 4th grade at the primary public school. Her favorite subject is language arts. In her spare time she likes to play with her doll. She wants to become a doctor when she grows up.