Nayeli 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.
Nayeli lives with her aunt. She and her sister, Nashla who is two years old, were born in Haiti. However, her mother passed away one year ago in Haiti when Nayeli was 10 years old. Her father, therefore, sent them to the Dominican to live with their aunt. Her father remains in Haiti.
Her aunt is married, works in the village library and she has two young children of her own.
Currently, Nayeli attends the public school and is in 4th grade. Her favorite class is mathematics. Nayeli speaks Spanish. In her free time, Nayeli enjoys playing with dolls. She would like to become a doctor in the future.