Kenyans have rallied to the aid of a widow filmed cooking stones for her eight children to make them believe she was preparing food for them.
Peninah Bahati Kitsao, who lives in Mombasa, hoped they would fall asleep while they waited for their meal.
She used to wash laundry locally but such work is hard to come by now as people have restricted their interactions because of coronavirus.
A shocked neighbour, Prisca Momanyi, alerted the media to her plight.
After talking to NTV, the widow has received money via mobile phone and through a bank account that was opened for her by Ms Momanyi, as the mother of eight does not know how to read and write.
Ms Kitsao, who lives in a two-bedroomed house without running water or electricity, has described the generosity as a “miracle”.
“I didn’t believe that Kenyans can be so loving after I received phone calls from all over the country asking how they might be of help,” she told Tuko news website.
Those who run small businesses have also been affected by the nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew.
Ms Kitsao’s story of desperation has coincided with the revelation that the health ministry has spent huge sums of money, donated by the World Bank to respond to the pandemic, on tea, snacks and mobile phone airtime for its staff.
Details about how many people were provided for are unclear, nonetheless there has been outrage on social media that the government is spending such amounts at a time many Kenyans continue to suffer, our reporter says.
The East African nation has recorded 395 cases of Covid-19 and 17 deaths.