One effect of not being recognized as a sovereign nation is not having any banks or access to traditional loans that the rest of the world does. This makes it a cash-only economy. Buying food at the market? Cash. Need to see a doctor? Cash. Purchasing a car? Cash. Building a multi-story building in town? Cash. As someone whom relies on their credit card for day-to-day expenses while at home, my mind reels at how that would work in my own life.
In the center of the capital within a couple-block radius there are dozens of men sitting behind mountains of the local currency, the Somaliland schilling, wheeling-and-dealing 24 hours a day. At roughly 6000 schillings to a dollar and with a 500 note the largest schilling bill printed, anything more than a small daily purchase may result in you needing to lug around a brick or two (or ten) of bills.
Location: Hargeisa, Somaliland (Somalia)
Lens used: Canon 24-105mm f4.0 IS