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The secret letters of history’s first-known businesswomen

Around 1870BC, in the city of Assur in northern Iraq, a woman called Ahaha uncovered a case of financial fraud.

Ahaha had invested in long-distance trade between Assur and the city of Kanesh in Turkey. She and other investors had pooled silver to finance a donkey caravan delivering tin and textiles to Kanesh, where the goods would be exchanged for more silver, generating a tidy profit. But Ahaha’s share of the profits seemed to have gone missing – possibly embezzled by one of her own brothers, Buzazu. So, she grabbed a reed stylus and clay tablet and scribbled a letter to another brother, Assur-mutappil, pleading for help:

ICSB Celebrates International Women’s Day

ICSB Celebrates International Women’s Day

08 March 2018, Washington DC, USA -The International Council for Small Business (ICSB), founded in 1955, is proud to take part in celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievement of women around the world, in alignment with the United Nations...

ICSB Participated in OECD SME Conference

ICSB Participated in OECD SME Conference

23 February 2018, Mexico City- The Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, participated in the OECD Ministerial Conference “Strengthening SMEs and entrepreneurship for productivity and inclusive growth” hosted...