Alive & Kicking – Alive & Kicking is a social enterprise manufacturing sport balls in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana. Its goal is to create jobs, provide children with balls and help raise health awareness about preventable diseases.
Alive & Kicking stitching center – Alive & Kicking uses locally sourced leather to produce durable balls that are suited to local conditions.
High-profile support – For its efforts, it has attracted the interest of several high profile athletes and dignitaries, including secretary general of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon and president of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge.
Attracting interest – Even Barack Obama was presented with one of the group's balls during a visit to Kenya in 2006.
High-profile support – England international footballer and Manchester City defender Micah Richards is one of Alive & Kicking's ambassadors.
Providing employment – The group currently employs about 130 people in three African countries. It says one third of its staff is under 30, while 20% of them are people with disabilities.
Health awareness – The group donates about a fifth of its balls to schools and children projects to raise health awareness. Each donated ball is printed with simple health messages aimed at informing young people about the dangers of HIV/AIDS and malaria.
High-profile support – French football coach Herve Renard, who is the manager of Zambia's national team, is also a supporter of Alive & Kicking.