When Ruth was 12 years old, she was displaced from her land along with her family, due to the conflict between the government and the organization 'Sendero Luminoso', which mainly affected the communities living in the central rainforest. Her father was killed and she was sent with the rest of her family to an improvised camp until a year later when they ran away through the Ene river to Satipo. Ruth then moved to Lima in an attempt to find job to sustain her family.
CARE is an indigenous political organization which represents 18 communities that live around the Ene river, and 33 more annexed communities. It was initially created in 1993 and then was re-organized to formally represent the Ashaninkas. In 2005, when CARE decided to establish a transitory board of directors aiming to institutionalize the movement, Ruth became president and the first woman in this position.