The Master's Thesis talks about the lives of Roma men and women from Vejar settlement in Dolenjska. Most of the inhabitants of the Vejar settlement face discrimination and exclusion in different areas of life every day. One of the factors that still strongly characterize the course of their lives is poverty. In researching for the Master's Thesis, I found the establishment of ethnic and social stratification in the lives of Roma men and women from Vejar settlement, the individual differences between them and the impact of life in poverty on their behavior and their intergenerational transmission. In the theoretical part, the concepts of life, poverty and social exclusion are first presented. Below are some aspects of the life line of the Roma women and men, influenced by social exclusion. The empirical part presents the results of the research showing that in the lives of Roma men and women from the settlement Vejar in Dolenjska poverty and discrimination based on ethnicity have been intertwined for generations. In the past, poverty patterns have shaped and intergenerally transposed patterns of behavior that restrict today's generations of opportunities. Among the interlocutors, there are significant individual differences that make it impossible to talk about Roma men and women as members of a homogeneous ethnic community, as they also warn about themselves. Nonetheless, they are often a target of discriminatry tratment both in institutions and in everyday life.