Mvelo Buthelezi

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My Name is Mvelo Buthelezi and I graduated in Pharmacy at the University Of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2018. I chose to study this course because I wanted to help improve the health of the people who live in my community.

Through observations in my community, I saw that many people lost their lives to sicknesses because they were unable to access medication. So, I searched for a field that would help me change this and I found Pharmacy to be the perfect match.

I come from a village called Nkonjeni, which is one of the rural areas of Ulundi in KwaZulu Natal. I am the last born of five children. I was raised by a single mother after my father passed away in 2005. My mother was unemployed at that time but luckily got a job as a cleaner at Nkonjeni Hospital in 2013. Sadly, she passed away three years later in 2016, leaving behind my siblings and me.

The funding provided to me by Aspen assists me with my tuition, study material, accommodation fees, and also provides me with a grocery allowance. It goes a long way as it also helps me assist my older brother who is also a student at the Mangosuthu University of Technology. I would like to thank Aspen for believing in me and investing in my future.