When she was 12 years old, she was displaced from her land among 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 of the country. Her father was killed and she was sent with the rest of her family to an improvised concentration camp until a year later when they ran away through the Ene river to Satipo. Ruth then moved to Lima trying to find job to sustain her family.
The 'Central Ashaninka del Río Ene' (CARE) is an indigenous political organization which legally and legitimately represents 18 communities that live around the Ene river and 33 more communities annexed. It was initially created in 1993 and then was re-organized to represent formally the ashaninkas. In 2005 when the CARE decided to establish a transitory board of directors aiming to institutionalize the movement, Ruth became president being the first woman in this position.