Paola 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.
Paola lives with her stepfather, mother and three siblings. Her father works as a farmer to try to provide for the basic needs of his family, however, the wages for working in farming are very little. Paola's mother sells groceries in the village to help sustain the family.
Currently, Paola attends the public school and is in 2nd grade. Her favorite class is mathematics. Paola speaks Spanish. In her free time, Paola enjoys playing with dolls and running. She would like to become a doctor in the future.