A thought at a division three track meet has turned into a national company. Two years ago runners at Washington University in St. Louis had the idea to create a clothing company who’s products helped those in need. They created Janji, which means promise in Malay. The owners say they saw passion in the running community to help others.
“We knew that there are thousands of races for a cause, and we wanted to find a way for runners to give back, not just on race day, but every day that they run,” said David Spindorfer, Co-Founder of Janji.
Janji clothes are designed for runners and the proceeds go towards ending the global food and water crisis.
“There’s kind of a natural connection between that and running, just because every runner can tell you the necessity of having enough nutrition and food or hydration and clean water before going out on a run,” said Mike Burnstin, Co-Founder of Janji.
Four dollars from every sale goes directly to the country whose flag is on the product. Right now it’s just Kenya and Haiti, but there are plans to expand in the future.
“I buy running shorts quite often, and so just to be able to contribute in this small form through that purchase I would have made normally,” said Hirsh Gaikwad, a Naperville resident.
“We thought it was a really cool cause,” said Ann Powers, a cross country runner at Northwestern University. “So we figured we’d check it out and definitely buy a pair of shorts.”
The co-founders are doing launch parties across the country to introduce their products. Their second stop was Naperville Running Company.
“This just seemed like a great global effort for us to get involved with and it’s just fun,” said Amber Druin, Manager and Apparel Buyer at Naperville Running Company. “It makes sense. The apparel is great. It caters to our clientele and it was just an easy decision.”
Janji just launched this month, and the co-owners already have orders from 73 stores across the country. To order Janji products online, you can visit their website at runjanji.com
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