Tell us about yourself.

My names are Olushola Fasasi Shobowale. I am a mother of two beautiful girls. I am a stay home mom, but I intend to own a small retail business in future.

As a child, what did you want to become in future? What do you do now?

As a child I wanted to be a doctor. I now I use my time to volunteer as a Mamalette Champion.

Why did you volunteer as a Mamalette Champion?

Olushola at a Mamalette Home Visitors training program in May 2019

I volunteered as a Mamalette Champion because I love giving care to those who need it the most. I also love helping people in my own little way.

What was a striking moment for you during this program?

Olushola with an enrolee in June 2019

The striking moment was when I was enrolling mothers into the program. It was a really tough time.

Can you share a story of an enrolee whose life you have impacted during this program?

I have impacted most of my enrolee’s lives. But there was a pregnant woman who refused to accept me when I came around. I was persistent and I kept going to visit her because I knew she needed help. When she saw that I did not relent, she began to warm up. The day I treated the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDs topic with her, she enjoyed the topic and subsequently welcomed me with open arms, when I came for subsequent home visits. She also confided in me about everything happening to her in her home. I am glad I was able to make a positive difference in her life with the Mamalette Home Visiting program.

Why is your community important to you?

Olushola with an enrolee during a home visit in April 2019

My community is important to me because I live there and anything that happens in my community affects me either negatively or positively

What in your life made you care about other people around you?

Olushola with an enrolee’s baby and her supportive husband in August 2019

What made me care about other people around me is that I have gone through a lot in life and I know the amazing feeling of having someone show real concern for you.

What is your hope for your community?

Olushola explaining her work in her community to guests from the USA, Tierra Pritchett and Kearline Jones from Health Partners Plans

My hope in my community is to bring in more programs such as this, that can impact the lives of many, not only the lives of mothers but also the lives of the youth and old people in my community.

What message do you have for other women who are looking to make an impact in their communities?

My message is they should always be on the lookout for opportunities such as these and they should always be online. I learnt about the Mamalette Champions program on Facebook.