Maria lives in Batey Lechería in the Dominican Republic. Batey is the Haitian word for village. The older generations in Batey Lechería are Haitian.
Maria lives with both parents and her three siblings. Her dad works as a farmer whenever work is available to provide as best as he can for his family.
Maria speaks Spanish and some Creole. She attends the public school that is two miles from her village and she is in the 5th grade. Maria's favorite subject is history. In her free time, Maria likes to play with a kitchen set. She would like to become a doctor in the future.