Zhuldyz came to New York in 2010 from Kazakhstan, where she had earned an associate degree in teaching English. When she got to New York, she wanted to pursue a long-held dream: becoming a makeup artist. Although she had some experience in her home country, she needed formal training to work in the United States. Because she has a family, she was eligible for a larger IDA grant of up to $4,000. She met her goal and used the funds to pay for tuition at a leading industry school. Her professional certification allows her to work for fashion shows, TV, and weddings.
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