Before joining B-MINCOME, Manuel was housebound due to health issues with his back and knee. He only left his bed when really necessary, to buy food. He says in his seclusion, he had lost a part of life. Being part of the project has allowed him to “start relating with people again, to open up to them”– which he now does via his Youtube channel. Whilst B-MINCOME has had financial benefits, for Manuel this is far outweighed by the emotional and psychological benefits. He is no longer taking medication, and describes having the opportunity to talk about his feelings and relate to the world as “a divine gift”.