Nayeli was born in 2012 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.
Nayeli lives with both of her parents and four siblings. Her siblings are Jasley who is eight, Jonathan and Nataly who are nine and Benyi who is ten. Nayeli's dad works by collecting large stones from the river and loading them into big dump trucks. The income for this work is so low that it is very difficult for him to sustain the family. When there is available work, Nayeli's mom works picking cherries.
Nayeli attends public school and is in the 1st grade. Her favorite color is pink and she would like to become a teacher in the future.