Mina 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.
Mina was born in the Dominican Republic. She lives with her mother and four siblings. Mina's mother traveled to the Dominican from Haiti when she was pregnant with Mina along with her two older brothers. Her mother does not know what happened to her first husband and Mina has never met her father.
Her mother remarried and had two children, Kimberly who is now eight years old and is also in 25 Project's sponsorship program, and Juan David who is six years old. Her older brothers are Peterson, age 18 and Roberto, age 16.
Mina's mom sells groceries from her home in the village and sometimes can find work in the cherry plantation to provide for her family as best as she can. Mina's stepfather is a farmer but farming work is very inconsistent in the Dominican.
Mina speaks Spanish. She attends the public school that is two miles from her village and is in the 6th grade. Her favorite subject is mathematics and her favorite color is pink. In her free time, Mina likes to run. Mina wants to become a doctor in the future.