Yolaini 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.
Yolaini lives with both parents and her brother Gerald who is 4. Her dad rides motorcycles for a living and her mom sells food on the street.
She attends public school and is in kindergarten. Her favorite color is pink.