The stories in this booklet have been told by a group of second year undergraduate students from the University of Fort Hare, the University of Johannesburg and Rhodes University. These students, together with many others, all from rural areas and studying a range of subjects, participated in the Southern African Rurality in Higher Education (SARiHE) project during 2017 and 2018.

The students themselves initiated this booklet, seeing it as a way to give something back to their communities. Small groups, helped by Professor Gina Wisker from the University of Brighton in the UK, worked together over a few weekends to produce this booklet. Their stories are personal, describing similar and different experiences.

The booklet is being launched in Johannesburg this week and will soon be available to download in English all 11 South African languages.