Alaina was born in 2011 and 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.
Alaina lives with both of her parents and her sister Daliana who was born in 2014. They live in a very humble house and her dad sells vegetables on the streets for a living. The small income he generates from selling vegetables is simply not enough to sustain the family. Alaina attends public school and is in the 1st grade. Her favorite color is yellow and she does not yet know what she would like to be in the future.