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Shahnaz Husain

A Successful Indian Woman Entrepreneur

Introduction
One of India's most successful women entrepreneurs. Her company, Shahnaz Husain Herbals is one of the
largest manufacturers of herbal products in the world. Shahnaz Husain Group, based in New Delhi, worth $100 million. Employed about 4200 people in 650 salons spread across 104 countries.

The Making of an Entrepreneur


Belongs to a royal Muslim family Migrated from Samarkhand to India Later held high positions in the princely kingdoms of
Bhopal and Hyderabad before India's independence. Schooling in an Irish convent Developed a love for poetry and English Literature.

The Making of an Entrepreneur (contd..)


Advantage of growing up in a traditional family and

receiving a modern education. Married at the age of 15 and was a mother by the next year. Husband was posted in Teheran, Iran She developed an interest in beauty treatments and decided to study cosmetology. To support the expenses of the training financially, she wrote articles for the Iran Tribune on various topics under different names.

The Making of an Entrepreneur (contd..)


In the course of her studies, she learnt of the harmful
effects of chemicals on the human body.

Consequently, she turned her attention to Ayurveda. After leaving Teheran, she trained extensively in
cosmetic therapy for 10 years in some of the leading institutes of London, Paris, New York and Copenhagen.

And the success


In 1977, when she returned to India, she set up a parlor
at her home in New Delhi.

Initial investment of Rs 35000. She had then put up a banner with her qualifications on
it.

In contrast to salons offering chemical treatments,


Shahnaz offered Ayurvedic products.

Conti
Within days she was booked for the next 6 months. She removed the banner and since then she never
advertised. She let her products speak for themselves.

Entrepreneurship-The Shahnaz Husain Way


Uses the Ayurvedic method of treatment.

Shahnaz Husain Group offers exclusive salon treatments as well as a number of commercial formulations for the treatment of specific problems like acne, pimples, pigmentation, dehydration, alopecia (hair loss), etc. The Group's sophisticated R&D units develop the products Put them through stringent quality control tests.

Entrepreneurship-The Shahnaz Husain Way (Contd)

Products are environment friendly and no testing is


done on animals.

The products offered by the group are entirely natural


and carry the guarantee of purity and safety.

Offers a wide variety of over 400 products for all age


groups and for a variety of problems.

Products by Shahnaz Husain



Shahnaz shaface (herbal facial skin conditioner). Shahnaz shafair (vitaminized whitening cream) Shahnaz hussain fair one Shahnaz hussain shaglow Shahnaz Shalife (Vitaminized Nourishing Cream) Shahnaz Shamask-1 (Precious Herbs Face Mask) Shahnaz Shayouth (Precious Herb Mask) Shahnaz Shasmooth (Almond Under eye Cream) Shahnaz Shabase (Sandalwood Protective Cream) Shahnaz Oxygen Skin Treatment Cream Shahnaz Oxygen Skin Beautifying Mask

Business Mode
Shahnaz Husain has used the franchising mode to
expand her business in India and abroad.

A large network of over 600 franchises and associate


clinics around the world.

In 2002, the Shahnaz Husain Group obtained distributor


rights for Australia, New Zealand and the Fiji Islands.

In India
The Shahnaz Husain Group has about 40
distributors and more than 600 sub distributors all over India. The Group sells not only in the cities but also in the small towns. In addition, the Group owns about 20 clinics and outlets in New Delhi. All other outlets are run on the franchise system. The Group does not make any financial investment in its franchises, nor does it have any share in their profits.

Awards
"The Arch of Europe Gold Star for Quality" "One of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs
of the World" "The 2000 Millennium Medal of Honor" "Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award Padma Shree (2006)

Lessons on Entrepreneurship
Shahnaz Husain has acquired worldwide recognition.

Her dedication and persistent hard work have paid off


and she heads a Group which is the largest of its kind in the world.

Shahnaz believes that a true entrepreneur is a person


who has independence of spirit.

Shahnaz says that to succeed, one must never give up


and never stop trying.

Her business sharpness and determined efforts


combined with excellent products she creates have made the Shahnaz Husain Group the undisputed leader in the market for Beauty Products and Natural Remedies.

"I do not sell products. I sell an entire civilization in a jar."


- Shahnaz Husain