The local people call her Bibi Dow - and now, after nearly 20 years in Pakistan's northern remote Kalash valley, Maureen Lines from the UK has been made a Pakistani citizen.
Ms Lines is a social worker who has been working with the unique non-Muslim community living in the mountain valleys of Chitral and Kalash since 1985.
The soft-spoken Ms Lines has made this corner of Pakistan her home and cut all ties with Britain after her mother died four years ago.
"I sold my house in London and completely moved to Pakistan. This is where
by work is, my adopted 60-member family in Kalash and most of all my heart
is," she told the BBC.
One local paper welcomed the move to grant her citizenship describing her as a contemporary version of Mother Teresa.
"She commands respect among majority of the local population," says Gul Hamaad Farooqi, a local journalist in Chitral.
So why the name Bibi Dow?
"I chose this name because if it's easy to pronounce," she says.
Over the years Ms Lines has picked up both the Pashto and Kalash languages.
She has worked hard to fight tuberculosis in the area, which is a serious problem.
Now in her 50s, she also heads the Kalash Environmental Protection Society (KEPS) and Hindukush Conservation Association (HKCA).
She has also written several books on the Kalash culture including The Kafir Kalash of the Hindukush and Road to Jalalabad, a book on her travels to Afghanistan.
She has generated enormous goodwill among the local people. But at the same time she has made some enemies.
On several occasions she has faced the threat of expulsion from Chitral, with the authorities saying it would be for her own safety.
Maureen Lines (centre) is popular among the locals
Not happy with her work, some religious groups accuse her of trying to
convert the Kalash into Christians.
But she dismisses the criticism.
"My projects have benefited both Muslims and Kalash people."
But she has been harassed most by the police.
"I hope the police will stop bothering me after becoming a Pakistani.
"If someone threatens me it is logical that they go after them not come to me,"
It's quite rare for a Westerner to apply for Pakistani citizenship.
But Maureen Lines' years of hard work were enough for the authorities to grant
her this concession.