Yuleimi 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.
Yuleimi lives with both parents as well as her siblings, Samantha who is four years old and Luis who is one year old. Her parents came from Haiti 10 years ago. They live in a very small house made of wood and metal for which they pay $12 monthly to rent. Her dad works at the river collecting large stones and material for construction to try to sustain the family.
She attends public school and is in the 1st grade. Her favorite color is pink.