Matarenda/Talents in Zimbabwean Pentecostalism

Empowerment, Gender and Development in an African Movement


In Matarenda/Talents in Zimbabwean Pentecostalism, the fourteen contributors to this multidisciplinary collection reflect on how Pentecostalism contributes to the empowerment of marginalised societies, how it empowers women in particular through the matarenda (talents) principles, and how it contributes to the development of wider society. All but three of the authors are Zimbabwean Pentecostals.

The book deals with such subjects as gender equality, economics and finance, poverty alleviation and sustainable development, education, and entrepreneurship. A remarkable independent Zimbabwean church has harnessed biblical principles from the Parable of the Talents to empower women and those marginalised by economic disasters. It is particularly relevant for understanding the potential of African Pentecostalism in dealing with social and economic challenges.

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Sunungurai Dominica Chingarande, PhD (2009), University of Zimbabwe, is Associate Professor of Sociology and a Research Associate at that University. She is well-published in the area of gender equality and women empowerment.
Juliet Thondhlana, PhD (1996), University of Zimbabwe and University of Birmingham, is Associate Professor of Education and Migration at the University of Nottingham. She has published many articles on education, migration and faith including The Bloomsbury Handbook of the Internationalization of Higher Education in the Global South (Bloomsbury, 2021).
Roda Madziva, PhD (2011), University of Nottingham, is Assistant Professor at that University. She has published many journal articles and book chapters on migrant and refugee integration, covering key themes of education, employability and entrepreneurship.
Allan H. Anderson, DTh (1992), University of South Africa, is Emeritus Professor of Mission and Pentecostal Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has published many monographs and articles on Pentecostalism, including Introduction to Pentecostalism (Cambridge, 2014).
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Gender and Empowerment

1 Matarenda and Its Significance
  Sunungurai D. Chingarande

2 Rethinking Religion and Gender Inequality: An Interrogation of Matarenda in ZAOGA
  Sunungurai D. Chingarande

3 Talents as Economic Development Consciousness for Women: A Feminist Hermeneutic of Matthew 25:14–30
  Caroline Dimingu and Henerieta Mgovo

Poverty Alleviation and Development

4 Financing the ‘working of talents’ Ventures: The Role of Innovative Finance
  Tonderai Kapesa, Faustino Kufakunesu and Alexander Cheza

5 Fostering Local Enterprise Development in Resource-Constrained Developing Countries: Matarenda and Microcredit Compared
  Juliana Siwale, Juliet Thondhlana and Roda Madziva

6 Determinants of Prolific Coopetition in the Working of Talents
  Faustino Kufakunesu, Tonderai Kapesa and Tapiwa Takundwa

7 Community Matarenda Tourism and Entrepreneurial Poverty Alleviation: The Case of Mount Selinda Forest
  Gaylord Hlabiso and Tapiwa Takundwa

Education and Entrepreneurship

8 Entrepreneurship in Matarenda: Some Case Studies
  Allan H. Anderson, Mike Clifford, Roda Madziva, and Juliet Thondhlana

9 Subsistence Entrepreneurship and Its Impact on Livelihood
  Tapiwa Takundwa, Faustino Kufakunesu and Gaylord Hlabiso

10 Unpacking Education for the Matarenda (Talents) Model of Entrepreneurship
  Juliet Thondhlana

11 Matarenda as Entrepreneurship: A University-Wide Course at Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University
  Phillip Musoni

12 Pentecostalism, Matarenda and Development
  Allan H. Anderson


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