Mailyn lives in Batey Lechería in the Dominican Republic. Batey is the Haitian word for village. The older generations in Batey Lechería are Haitian.
Mailyn lives with both parents and even among the poverty stricken village, they are among those in the deepest of poverty. Mailyn is is one of the oldest among her five siblings. Her father consistently is looking for farming work to provide for the whole family, unfortunately, work is not always available.
Mailyn speaks Spanish and some Creole. She attends the public school that is two miles from her village. She is currently in 2nd grade and her favorite subject is math. In her free time, Mailyn likes to play with dolls. In the future she would like to become a doctor.