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.
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.
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