Yudelka 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.
Yudelka lives with both parents and her sister. Her sister is four months old. To sustain the family, her dad drives a motorbike that serves as local transport and her mother occasionally works in a cherry plantation. Often their income is not sufficient to provide even for the basic needs of the family. They live in a rented one-room house.
Yudelka speaks Spanish and attends preschool. Her favorite color is red and in her free time she likes to play with dolls.