Rose was born in Kisumu in 1970, and grew up there with two siblings. Her family had some land, and her mother made baskets. Her mother taught her to weave and knit. After finishing primary school, she started a polytechnic school, training in dressmaking. She got married in 1989 and has two children, 17 and 15. She worked as a tailor for some years, but changed to selling fruits and vegetables instead. Rose has worked with Mikono since 2010 as an excellent hand knitter, and in March 2012 was trained in machine knitting.