“I told my father when we went into this business that I couldn’t operate it as a manager who answers for 99.9 percent – it had to be 100 percent my management.”
-Yin Mo Su
Yin Mo Su loves Inle Lake of Myanmar. She wants to conserve the beauty and biodiversity of Inle Lake. With Myanmar opening up there is lot of scope of tourism, but at the same time she does not want Inle Lake to get polluted due to increase in tourism.
To provide jobs to locals and to protect ecology she has started Inle Princess Resort. Yin Mo Su is affectionately called Missu.
Missu’s father is supporter of democracy in Myanmar, he was imprisoned for his activities. Missu decided to pursue career in hospitality, after attending Ecole Hotelier in 1991, she returned to Myanmar and stared her resort. Her business was impacted by cyclone Nargis, but she managed to restart her business.
“In tourism, the private sector is benefitting but we have to ask ourselves, are we doing everything to share our benefits? And that includes for our heritage and environment. It’s everyone’s job to spread the wealth, this is all of our htamin ohe (rice pot),”
-Yin Mo Su
When Khulan Davaadorj come back to Mongolia after spending may years studying abroad, her skin suffered due to pollution and harsh climate of Mongolia. She stared looking for products that will help her to protect her skin, but no such products were available in Mongolia.
For Khulan this was an opportunity. She decided to make organic skin care products. Her products are innovative, handmade and made in Mongolia. They are sold under brand name Lhamour.
“Even though we didn’t make any profit yet, our attention is on sustainability, on the environment and on giving back to society,”
She decided to use local products to make her soaps and creams more effective. In Mongolia people have been using fat in Sheep’s tail for cooking and to treat skin related problem. The problem with Sheep tail oil was its smell, Khulan used it in soap manufacturing, thus while retaining benefits of sheep tail oil, it smells good. The paper in which the soap is wrapped is also recyclable.
Another interesting product is soap made from Horse’s oil. In Far East meat of horse is consumed, the fat is used to make oil. Horse’s oil is used in Far East to treat skin related diseases.
“We produce zero waste. Every raw material becomes an end product,”