Odonchimeg Dashbal burns dried manure to fumigate her ger and courtyard in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. Historically, many Mongols believed dried cow and horse manure had disinfectant properties. When coronavirus infections spiked, Umnugovi residents advocated for the practice on Facebook.
Altanchimeg Dorjnyam softens and tans a sheepskin with a wooden stick called a “khedreg” in Bayandalai, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. As winter sets in, Altanchimeg will use the prepared skin as part of a “deel,” a traditional Mongolian garment, that she will sew for her son.