Thursday, October 6, 2011

Have Kourage and Run Like a Kenyan



Kourage is Kenya’s only running brand and builds beautiful apparel to create jobs in Kenya. They are a US 501(c)3 non-profit that reduces poverty through creating jobs in Kenya. Specifically, Kourage creates running apparel that is designed, manufactured, and managed in Kenya by Kenyans.These garments are then exported and sold in the developed countries with revenues reinvested into the Kenyan economy.

Currently Kourage does not have our own factory. Instead production for Kourage Athletics is sourced to a Kenyan owned and operated factory that produces everything from police uniforms to high-end fashion. Located 139 km north of Nairobi, the factory is in Rift Valley which is home to the greatest Kenyan runners. The factory employs over 200 Kenyans where each employee works 45-hrs a week, is provided an hour break for lunch, a well lit, cool facility, and jobs that follow minimum wage standards in Kenya.

Through providing well paying jobs, workers and their families are able to afford private school for their children, adequate medical care, and nutritious meals which leads to an increased quality of life. Furthermore, workers are provided with valuable training that improve their lifetime earning potential.

The result is that Kenyans are able to pursue exactly what Americans, or people of any nation want — a job that allows them to improve their own lives, as well as those of their families.

I tried out one of the shirts and was pleased with the performance. At the end of a hot, sweaty run, I felt dry, but the outside of the shirt was soaking wet, really effective. The only thing to note is that the shirt I received, an XL, fit more like a Medium or Large, pretty close-fitting.

Beyond that, the shirts deliver on performance and purchasing one will help support local businesses in a country that has given us so many outstanding performances in running history.

For more info or to buy, check out the Kourage website, follow on Twitter, and like on Facebook.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Kourage Athletics. I was not compensated in any other way for the reviews, was not obligated to give them a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.

Would you like your product reviewed? Contact me at lakotega@yahoo.com.






11 comments:

  1. I'd never heard of this company, I'm glad you did a review!

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  2. Love this!! And love their shirts! Thanks...I'm glad you did this review too.

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  3. I had never heard of them before. What a great concept. Off to check them out.

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  4. I'm all for supporting a company that treats their employees well and produces a good product.

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  5. Yep I just looked at the size chart the run a size small based on measurements.

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  6. Cool looking shirts and sounds like a great business, so I'm trying hard to get past that whole courage with a k thing.

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  7. That is really cool. I had never heard of them. Good review!

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  8. Hello guys!!! first off thanks for the kind words. We have two goals at Kourage:

    - Create Beautiful garments that will stand up in any athletic event, and
    - create real change in Kenya.

    We are a nonprofit, but operate similar to a for profit in that our products generate revenue and is self sustaining! We are a very small organization, Im the only american involved and I earn no money from Kourage. We try and ensure that with each dollar of revenue that we are able to send as much back to kenya as possible.

    I saw the comments on fit. In reality, I've noticed a few garments were labelled as an XL, but in reality were a medium or large. When we ship garments to consumers we always double check, but in my garment sent to Kovas, I left it in its original packaging. Thus this is likely the cause of the size being small. Im 6'4 195pds, I wear between a medium and large.

    But we dont want to take care of just our workers, but we also want to take care of our customers. If you are hesitant to buy because of fit, I ensure you if you have any issues with any kourage shirt we will make it right no matter what!!! we offer free shipping, to minimize risk and we havent had a return yet! =) But if you are kovas reader and you purchase a shirt and it doesnt fit, we'll take care of shipping back to get you a proper product or we will accept return the shirt. We want to take care of you guys, listen to you guys so we can make a better product and we want you to be proud of kourage!!! In addition here is my email should you have any questions, ill be answering here but you can always reach me at chris (at) kourage . org.

    I hope this helps =). We need all the help we can get and your kind words mean a lot. Buying shirts also help a lot =)))))

    Sincerely

    Chris Markl
    American Operations
    Kourage Athletics

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  9. Hello guys!!! first off thanks for the kind words. We have two goals at Kourage:

    - Create Beautiful garments that will stand up in any athletic event, and
    - create real change in Kenya.

    We are a nonprofit, but operate similar to a for profit in that our products generate revenue and is self sustaining! We are a very small organization, Im the only american involved and I earn no money from Kourage. We try and ensure that with each dollar of revenue that we are able to send as much back to kenya as possible.

    I saw the comments on fit. In reality, I've noticed a few garments were labelled as an XL, but in reality were a medium or large. When we ship garments to consumers we always double check, but in my garment sent to Kovas, I left it in its original packaging. Thus this is likely the cause of the size being small. Im 6'4 195pds, I wear between a medium and large.

    But we dont want to take care of just our workers, but we also want to take care of our customers. If you are hesitant to buy because of fit, I ensure you if you have any issues with any kourage shirt we will make it right no matter what!!! we offer free shipping, to minimize risk and we havent had a return yet! =) But if you are kovas reader and you purchase a shirt and it doesnt fit, we'll take care of shipping back to get you a proper product or we will accept return the shirt. We want to take care of you guys, listen to you guys so we can make a better product and we want you to be proud of kourage!!! In addition here is my email should you have any questions, ill be answering here but you can always reach me at chris (at) kourage . org.

    I hope this helps =). We need all the help we can get and your kind words mean a lot. Buying shirts also help a lot =)))))

    Sincerely

    Chris Markl
    American Operations
    Kourage Athletics

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  10. Loved learning about this product. Very good cause. Thanks for the review.

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  11. i like the designs! may have to make a purchase :)

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