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Kymbat Iglikova (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, & Kyrgyzstan)

By August 18, 20212021 Film Subject

Kymbat Iglikova never planned on staying in the United States permanently. In her home country of Kazakhstan, she was part of a close-knit society and a nurturing, supportive family – of about 80 people! But when an exchange program brought her here more than 15 years ago to put her education degree to good use as a teacher and camp counselor, she began to see potential for service and success on this side of the globe.

 

Following her initial assignment to a camp outside New York City, she pursued some of her newfound personal contacts to the Sunshine State. And it was here that she discovered her fluency in Kazakh, Russian and English could help other expats navigate the North American legal system. Working as an interpreter for a local attorney by day and translating documents for immigrant clients at night, she built up enough trust and good will to found her own translation agency. And when that business had her liaising with renters and realtors, she realized that she could fulfill that role just as well too. By the time she had earned her own realty license, she had become what she calls a real “go-to person” in her community.

 

Today she’s a Multilingual Real Estate Advisor with memberships in a host of related organizations, including the Osceola REALTORs Global Alliance Committee, Global Business Council, Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, Eastern European Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America and Asian Real Estate Association of America. She says it’s become her calling to help Central Florida’s minority population – particularly women and children – find full lives in Central Florida, at a moment when this area is evolving into “a diverse, globally recognized destination for relocation and investment.”

 

“If I lived in any other country, or maybe even in another state, I don’t think I would have been able to receive as much support,” she says in praise of her adopted home of Orlando. “I’ve met wonderful people along the way. I couldn’t do it myself.” But when your idea of a close family is 80 people, you’re almost bound to find community wherever you go.

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