Part of the quote from Kahlil Gibran helps best to describe one of our team members whose hope and dreams is as wide as the ocean, and whose spirit to learn is as limitless as the sky.

Bukran, originally from Mangkung village nearby Selong Belanak started working in Selong Selo in 2013 as a temporary staff member until his manager pleased by his work ethic asked him to work permanently, helping them in general areas in our site office. Currently his role is working in the site office making sure it is cleaned and comfortable for the team.

His work experience started far away from home on one of Lombok’s established tourist destinations a small island well known for its pristine beaches Gili Trawangan.

Bukran started in the housekeeping department in a hotel there, followed by working in the same position at a hotel in Senggigi, a coastal town on Lombok island close to the main Gilis. After 3 years having worked far away from his family, he decided to resign to be closer to them in his village and to spend more time taking care of them.

Bukran had to be creative in finding a way to support his family and himself financially due to lack of employment opportunities in and around his village at the time. Having tried various kinds of works from making wooden frames for houses to working as an amateur photographer in his village using a manual pocket camera belonging to a relative were just a few of the many things he had tried. “I’ve tried and learned by doing with the hope I could make it in life,” said he in his calmness, sometimes he had a hint of smile as he remembered his past.

A shy person – he himself admitted – but good in handyman skills, during the last Selong Selo cocktail event, he helped the team to make fire torches from local bamboo as he wanted to give the function a local touch and he very much enjoys anything that has to do with this style of work.

“In Selong Selo I have learnt a lot, and I would like to learn more, one of the things I am currently learning is the computer in the office. Working for Selong Selo has helped me gain a lot of knowledge and experience.”

Beside working in Selong Selo, in his spare time Bukran helps his mother and sister in selling their hand-woven traditional Sasak fabric and his wife in selling her home-made local coffee which he provides to our office to get additional income for the whole family. Helping them in realising their skills into a business reality has been always one of his many great dreams he wants to make come true.

“My other hope and dream is to develop a farm in the future. For the time being I want to work and learn to build a bright future for my wife and child.

I will keep learning by doing everything as I go along,” Bukran closed the sentence, still calmly with a content smile.