Ruth was born in 1976 and grew up in Mathare slum with one brother. Her dad had a drinking problem and died of liver failure when she was 15. Her mum died one year later. After completing primary school she attended aone-year machine-knitting course, and from 1995, worked as a machine knitter in various companies, knitting school sweaters etc. She lives in Ongata Rongai with her husband who is a casual worker. They have four children 15, 10, 7 and 4 years old. She started working for Mikono as a machine knitter in 2010, and is incredibly skilled and productive.