She wanted to choose her own path. She left the Roma camp where she grew up and bravely carved out her own future. She worked in retail, in casinos and faced constant discrimination and distrust because of her origins, but she worked hard and ultimately succeeded. She educated herself, started a family, and now dedicates her life to Roma integration in Lithuania.
Bozena Karveliene is the Head of Roma Integration House, assistant teacher, social worker, and mediator between the Roma community and middle schools in Lithuania.