Industrious and passionate about her job, Rute has worked for one of Karama's Ethiopian leather partners for a few years as a tailor and pattern designer.  Rute has a 12-year old son, of whom she is the sole provider since being widowed.  With her income, she is able to make a life for herself and her son and send him to school.  Someday, she wants to own a textile business, proving that challenge and hardship can't diminish her dreams.