This month, we spoke to Tharcisse Hicuburundi to learn more about his life, work at PMC, and his 16-kilometer journey to work every day.
What is your name, position, and how long have you worked for PMC?
My name is Tharcisse Hicuburundi. I am a cleaner at PMC-Burundi. I have been working for PMC since 2013. Before I started at PMC, I worked for more than 15 years with CARE International.
What is your favorite thing about working at PMC?
I like the way our staff works in unity. We help each other achieve our different responsibilities at work. Even in the moments of happiness or sorrow, I can receive the attention and sympathy from my colleagues. It helps me stay committed and motivated. Our Resident Representative brings all the employees around for meetings and inspires and encourage values that strengthen the members of the team together. That is very much appreciated.
What is a normal day for you at PMC?
In the morning, when I arrive at PMC office, the first thing I do is sweep the courtyard. Secondly, I prepare coffee, tea, and different snacks. Then, I clean windows, chairs, and tables. I also take care of washing cups and do laundry. When the colleagues are on their lunch break, I take the opportunity to clean their offices. I am always available when I am needed and work from 7:30 a.m. to 15:00 p.m.
What is one of the biggest challenges of your job?
The fact that I live so far from the office – 16 kilometers away! This forces me to leave home so early (4:30 a.m.) to be on time at work. When it is rainy season, coming to work is complicated due to landslides and big river flow situations.
Why did you decide to work for PMC?
When PMC Burundi opened its doors, I was jobless because my contract with CARE had ended. I am proud to have the opportunity to work for PMC, an organization that produces impactful serialized drama on the radio like Agashi. That show has impacted us all, from my family to the wider community.
Tell us a little about your childhood, family, or favorite things to do outside of PMC.
I was born in 1960 at Bujumbura Rural and grew up in a family of farmers. I went to school, but I dropped out in my fourth year of primary school to help my family. I married Veronica Ndenzako in 1988, with whom I’ve had 13 children – only 10 of our children are still alive. Now, when listening to Agashi, I sincerely regret deeply why Veronica and I made a huge number of children.
Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself or work?
I love the work I am doing, and I hope I still have many more years at PMC. I love so much my direct boss, Resident Representative Jean Bosco. He is so kind to everybody – he takes care of us all, works long days, and is always encouraging and advising our team. I think Jean Bosco is the reason that all the employees are so happy here. He has a singular style of management and mixes kindness and firmness. In a few words, the environment of working in PMC Burundi is very peaceful and this is one of the strongest motivations recognized by all employees, even before salary.
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