Marieli lives in Batey Lechería in the Dominican Republic. Batey is the Haitian word for village. The older generations in Batey Lechería are Haitian.
Marieli's dad abandoned the family. She is one of five siblings. Marieli's mom has many health complications due to her diabetes. Even so, Marieli's mom works as much as she can in a cherry plantation picking cherries to provide for her family as best as she can.
Marieli can speak Spanish and some Creole. She attends the public school that is two miles from her village and is in the 6th grade. Her favorite subject is history. In her free time, Marieli likes to play with dolls. Marieli wants to become an engineer in the future.