Chabela lives in Batey Lechería in the Dominican Republic. Batey is the Haitian word for village. The older generations in Batey Lechería are Haitian.
She lives with her mom and two brothers. Chabela's dad abandoned the family many years ago. He still lives in the same village as the family but he will not acknowledge or support them in any way.
Chabela's brothers are Mateo who is 13 years old and Osiris who is 11 years old. Her mom works in a cherry plantation to provide as best as she can for her family. They live in a one room house and all share the same bed.
Chabela speaks Spanish and Creole. She attends the public school that is two miles from her village and she is in 5th grade. Her favorite subject is math. In her free time she likes to play with dolls. In the future Chabela would like to become a doctor.