Ruth 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.
Ruth lives with her grandmother and her brother. Her father passed away when she was only two years old in a traffic accident. Ruth's mother abandoned her and her six-year-old brother to her grandmother. Her mother now lives in a different community and will visit them occasionally.
Ruth speaks Spanish and attends the public school that is two miles from her village. She is currently in 3rd grade. Her favorite subject is mathematics and her favorite color is pink. During her free time she likes playing soccer. Ruth does not yet know what she wants to be when she grows up.