The income she earned was meagre, even when her four daughters helped her. She plans to open a business to sell organic shea butter-based cosmetics.
In Côte d'Ivoire, women make up almost 70 per cent of the agricultural labour force, but only 3 per cent of women own the land that they cultivate, according to the National Institute of Statistics.
The coastal fringe consists of a strip of land, no more than 40 miles (64 metres) wide, studded with lagoons on its eastern half.
Access from the sea is made difficult by the surf and by a long submarine sandbar.
And soon, when we have the certification, it will be even better," says Lydie Kambou, President of the Bouna Women's Cooperative.
The organic certification, which the programme is ensuring, will go a long way towards increasing the value of the shea butter.
Every month in 2016, an average of 350 deliveries were assisted in MSF-supported facilities, 55 newborns were admitted to the neonatal ward and 50 caesarean sections were performed at Katiola hospital.
Read about MSF's activities in other countries in 2016 Year MSF first worked in the country: 1990.
The programme, funded by the Government of Japan, is empowering rural women in the shea butter production sector.
Blah Pauline Ninhouet during a soap-cutting exercise with UN Women expert, Mame Khary Diene Expert in a production workshop for the preparations of the International Exhibition of Agriculture in Abidjan.