Luz was born in 2001 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.
Luz lives with her aunt and her cousin Isaias who is six years old. Luz' mother abandoned her when she was just five years old and returned to Haiti. Her uncle works in construction and her aunt is able to periodically find work collecting cherries at a cherry plantation. Their combined income is simply not enough to properly sustain the family.
Luz attends public school and is in 6th grade. Her favorite color is pink and she would like to become a doctor in the future.