Edmond Ebah lived in Cotonou, Benin in West Africa when he won the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery in 2016 to come to the United States. Coming to the U.S. was a great opportunity for him and his family. But since his wife was pregnant and very close to her due date at the time, Edmond had to make the difficult decision to travel to the U.S. alone, waiting until he was established here before bringing his wife and son to join him.
In Benin, Edmond worked as a Personal Banker and went to college and earned his master’s degree in Finance. Once in the U.S., Edmond eventually found his way to JBS USA’s beef processing facility in Greeley, Colo., as an hourly production worker in Fabrication.
Edmond enrolled in English classes in the hope that learning the language would open more doors for him, and also enable him to help friends and coworkers find a path to success with the company. Edmond now speaks seven different languages, and has helped more than 30 people establish new lives in the U.S. and at JBS USA, and takes a personal interest in making sure they have the tools they need to be successful – including giving 11 coworkers a ride to and from work each day because they have no transportation of their own.
Edmond is still waiting for the day when his wife and now 3-year-old son can join him in Colorado. “It’s not easy for me to be away from them, but I’m doing this for a better future for my family,” he says. “Moving here has shown me that if you really want something and put your mind to it, you can do anything.”