The influx of Indian entrepreneurs into Mali commenced in the late nineties. At present, the number of Indians in Mali is estimated to be between 200-300. According to record of registration with the Embassy, their number, including members of their family, is around 200. Most of them are engaged in private Indian businesses or are consultants / experts with Indian / foreign mining establishments. Due to the language and educational constraints and the existing political / security situation in Mali, Indian expatriates generally avoid bringing their families here. There is no known organization / association of the sparse Indian community in Mali.