Technology Transformed Tosin

Olutosin
Posted March 11, 2020 from Nigeria

The story of my life and living cannot be complete without mentioning technology.  To some, this may be blasphemy, but to me, who went through it, it is to the glory of God Almighty. 

The summary of my message is  no one can write anyone off until the end of the journey, because,  I died. I was resurrected by Technology. 

 

Ten years ago,  I was depressed and wishing for death. I became so Ill and no disease was diagnosed and I moved in to live with my elder sister and her family.  

 

I left everything behind except my old laptop. With the laptop,  I remained connected to Worldpulse.  Every evening,  I would come online,  shared my stories and personal  experiences,  except what I was going through at the moment.  My life was gradually slipping through my hands. 

 

The only hope I had was my online sisters who were daily dose of encouragement. People may not believe,  but I know that, many women are experienced Psychologists, even without certification.  They can detect who needs soothing words even when we mask our challenges, and these women will stand by one another, knowingly or unknowingly. .

 

Worldpulse sisters were the great friends who helped me back on my feet. These women  allowed Technology  to use them for my lives. Many of these sisters,  did not know the magnitude of what they did for me, but I am also sure that some know too. And I am eternally grateful to these earth Angels.

 

The fact is that, I left a job. To move on became a challenge,  I was without a dime and blessed  with  intelligent  girls who must be In  school. Imagine my days and nights.

 

Yet, the sisters pushed me on, they showed me the way out of my predicament and some dragged me along on the sands of time while others clap as I moved forward in  great pain.

 

Time takes care of many things,  and, I started life once again.  Hello, starting is always the easiest thing to do for a social entrepreneur,  but waking up every day to make the dream work, is the hardest part.  It's easy to draft a beautiful action plan in a paper, implementing with an empty pocket causes a headache that has no medicinal cure.

 

But, my journey became easier by the day because of technology.  I founded my organisation with just a plastic table and chairs donated by an online sister who has never met me before, the  same sister bought one hundred chairs and twenty beautiful and colourful Tables for us two years ago. I am still yet to meet her, she is a Ghanaian, living in Ghana. 

 

My story is a learning experience for all sisters and brothers who work in the social sector.  My life is a confirmation that Technology can resurrect a dying person.  It is an instrument of hope, and another chance for a hopeless situation. 

 

That was how I started in front of our rented apartment and began my work. It's so funny because even my husband said a poor person cannot lift a poor person.  Yet, my goal is just Transformation and my proposed beneficiaries are poor women and children and I plan not to send proposals to international funders. How could I send a proposal when I do not have a registered organisation???

 

 

As a very shy person,  begging is not an option.  So, I decided to use my skills  to produce  items to sell. But then, I had no shop, no stall and no physical friends to buy the products.   Hmmnn, what can I do??? I decided to turn my online page to my shop, displaying whatever I had to sell, who are the clients? My Worldpulse friends.

 

Great answers to bothering questions,  then, I put my skill into good use and began to produce. Yes, produced, displayed,  sold to Worldpulse sisters and brothers and suddenly, I took off.

 

I began my work like a woman who has an inheritance from her late parents. The only difference is that my inheritance are my online family,  my assets are my online family,  my social capital are my online family; they are these sisters and with you here. 

 

Worldpulse stood by me like the rock of gilbratha!

 

Do you know that most times,  Worldpulse staff, sisters,  brothers just buy my products for the sake of buying,  they don't need my products.  This made me cherish each and every one of them. They bought the products because they bought into my dream. God Almighty used them to bring me back to life and to bring my dream to life.

 

How I wish that there is not just one Worldpulse on earth!

How I wish that there are as many Worldpulse as there are many women on earth!

How I wish there are a million Worldpulse organisations in this world!!!

 

My story is unbelievable to myself,  but I have every picture to back up every word that is writtenby my today.

 

And,   when the time came for me to fly higher from the ground, on which my condition has tied me; Worldpulse became my notice board for opportunities around the world. The more I search here, the more I found opportunities for training abroad. 

In May 2010, I saw an opportunity for a month program abroad,  I sold many products and attended,  till date, the opportunity for training  abroad never stop, until I stopped applying for training opportunities. 

 

Technology connected me to powerful women and men here and on Facebook.  Many of them, I have never met in person,  and may never meet.  

 More than three years ago, In other to exhaust the tiniest trash from the fabrics  we were using to create quilts,  I started creating artworks with these tiniest  remnants,  using these pieces of fabric waste. Everyone around me discouraged me because it was strange.  Picking tailors waste and turning to them to Art. Who will buy my Trash??

 

Nobody who saw it bought it.

 

I was depressed. 

 

One day, I blamed myself for allowing people around me to dictate my path when it was people who were faraway that have been my best encouragers. So, I decided to return to my shop online.  I posted my artworks online and the major Transformation happened. 

 

A Worldpulse staff was the first to buy my art piece, I gave my price, she tripled the amount.  My eye opened like a flash of lightning. That was the genesis of my Trash to Artworks. I never looked back and never lower my price. 

Three years ago, one of  my online sisters  here supported the construction of our first building in Ibasa,  alongside the building, she constructed  the largest water reservoir for us too. We have built two more facilities after that, through internet  connection  and online sales of our products.

 

Technology made all these and more possible! Without the internet,  how will I have Connected with these destiny angels????

Two years ago, a man sent a friend request to me on Facebook.  I was sceptical,  but after checking his profile,  I accepted.  He messaged me and praised my artworks.  An artist in Florida.  We became friends.  He promised to sell my products.  He made good his promise and tripled the already tripled price.

Less than two years ago,  another my Worldpulse sister and I came together to start a food bank for women and children. 

Within two years, you should imagine what I was able to accomplish.  Without technology,  I would be on my plastic table and chairs in front of my rented apartment,  because it is a building with high wall, no passersby. 

 

Our center in Nigeria became a centre for my sisters all over the world. Welcoming sisters with a 5 minutes hug at the airport became my slogan. The more they visit,  the more they went back as changed women who continue to work wonders in their communities too.

 

Technology Transformed me and I am Transforming my community. And my dream now is to start an Institution for female social entrepreneurs and teach others how to use technology to create legacy out of nothing. 

 

 

This story was submitted in response to #SheTransformsTech.

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Jill Langhus
Mar 11
Mar 11

Hello Dear Olu:-)

Wow! You never cease to amaze and inspire. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos and inspirational story. I would've never thought you were shy, though... really? :-) I can't wait to see your new entrepreneurial training center open.... sounds wonderful! Keep up the great work... I know you will:-)

XX

Olutosin
Mar 13
Mar 13

My lovely friend, thanks for encouraging me always. Loads of.love to you.

Jill Langhus
Mar 14
Mar 14

You're very welcome, lovely:-)

Aw, thanks, love. You, too!

Anita Shrestha
Mar 11
Mar 11

good work

Olutosin
Mar 13
Mar 13

Thanks.

Liz Rooney
Mar 11
Mar 11

Tosin, a smart woman who learns quickly has an advantage in all areas. A people person with the ability to connect, as yourself also has a great advantage. Keep learning, keep doing, keep being you, for this is your major advantage. You’ve aquired the skills, which were hard won, so continue to lead from the front. I’m extremely proud of all your accomplishments and your commitment to changing the lives of the girls you work with. The fruits of your labour with the girls is beginning to grow. In time you will have empowered your rural community to be at the forefront of many changes to the people of that community. You have planted the seeds of education which will result in Doctors, Lawyers, Politicians and forward thinking women. Empowerment through education is your legacy.

Olutosin
Mar 13
Mar 13

Thanks for your daily support. I always look forward to seeing you every day.
Thanks for my Life jackets too.

Tumanjong Miranda
Mar 12
Mar 12

Dear sister Tosin,
This is so amazing and inspiring. I am personally inspired by your story.
It's true that just a word of encouragement and support can bring a new perspective of life to us.
Thank you for sharing sister.
Beautiful works of arts you've got there.
XX.

Olutosin
Mar 13
Mar 13

You are welcome always, my lovely sister. Thanks for the compliment of the art works.

JULITON
Mar 12
Mar 12

Ido believe thatsomones story bring opens up the intrests of others but on my side isee reality, due that iam in the same story,

Olutosin
Mar 13
Mar 13

Thanks a lot.

JULITON
Mar 17
Mar 17

Welcome

beryl07
Mar 12
Mar 12

my dear sister, Olie,
can I call you Olie? =)
your life is a living testimony that anything and everything can be done if you put your mind to it. especially when you are a woman! we rule the world!

Olutosin
Mar 13
Mar 13

Thanks my dearest sister. You can call me Olu.

Hello, our Awesome Olu,

Your story is truly powerful, and you sum it up with this: I died. I was resurrected by Technology.
We are forever inspired by your story, dear sister. Thank you for your courage. You make us courageous us well. We appreciate you always!

Olutosin
Mar 13
Mar 13

Thanks for reading my lovely friend. When we lose hope in continuing living, human become dead. I lost hope at a time in my life. Thank God for Technology. It raised a new hope within me. I know that there are many like me then, God will raise all of us. Amen. Thanks for reading.

vallen57
Mar 12
Mar 12

Great work and so inspiring - keep it up!

Olutosin
Mar 13
Mar 13

Thank you very much.

DeirdreC
Mar 12
Mar 12

What an incredibly inspiring story. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Your tenacity is beautiful. Keep it up!

Olutosin
Mar 13
Mar 13

Thank you very much.

mkaplan
Mar 12
Mar 12

Sisters helping sisters! Wow, your story is so powerful and such a positive outcome of using technology for good! It's heartwarming to hear all of the connections you've made and I wish you endless amounts of courage and success!

Olutosin
Mar 13
Mar 13

Oh yes. My sisters really helped me. Thank you for you beautiful wish. I wish you same.

Tarke Edith
Mar 12
Mar 12

Hello sister
Thanks for sharing your details technology life with us
Thanks to World pulse.
Have a great day sis

Olutosin
Mar 13
Mar 13

Worldpulse is beautiful.

Amonge
Mar 13
Mar 13

Hey sissy,
Then through you I joined world pulse,you're a God sent to your community,and through you a generation of women are being empowered.

Olutosin
Mar 13
Mar 13

I Love you loads.

Doris Ogueri
Mar 13
Mar 13

So touching and inspirational! Keep up the good work, Tosin!

Olutosin
Mar 13
Mar 13

Thanks ma.

Regina Afanwi Young
Mar 14
Mar 14

Thanks sister Olu. Your story is so inspiring. Keep up the good works sis. I so desire to follow in your foot steps of impacting other women and girls. You are doing a great job. Keep it up

Olutosin
Mar 15
Mar 15

Go ahead my sister and do more, Be more.
I love your spirit.

Regina Afanwi Young
Mar 15
Mar 15

Thanks for encouragement sister Olu

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 16
Mar 16

Wow Sis Tosin,
I have been privileged to chat with you and hear your story over and over and each time, I am wowed, never bored. In fact, I learn from you daily and I am inspired each time I read a post or chat with you.
Very well done and thank God for the many angels he placed on your path. I am so looking forward to your institute of Tansformation. I hope to be a student.
Much love and respect always. Yours indeed is an inspiring story of the transformative power of using technology positively. I am glad you rose again!
Adupe Sis Mi.

Olutosin
Mar 16
Mar 16

My Lovely sister and friend, I am sooooo happy to have met you in person. We learn from one another each day. Thanks for your strength. You are an epitome of courage. Love you sister mi.

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 16
Mar 16

That memory of our meet is every so fresh.
Make Oga Corona no confuse we plenty programs. I get for come again.
Much love always.

baganda
Mar 16
Mar 16

thank you very much my sister i'm from you because i also love l...

Olutosin
Mar 16
Mar 16

I Love you more my sister.

baganda
Mar 16
Mar 16

thankyou dear

muhorakeye esperance

c'est bon la nouvelle technologie a change la vie des beaucoup de femmes sur tout les femmes africaine continuer est courage

Olutosin
Mar 17
Mar 17

Thanks my lovely sister. We are courageous.

Shameela Yoosuf Ali
Apr 03
Apr 03

Amazed and Inspired.
Love from this end.

Olutosin
Apr 03
Apr 03

Thanks sis.