Latif has been using plastic to create shelters, reservoirs and mobile toilets. Now, she wants the world to take notice.
So, as her condition improved, Latif started to research ways of making use of that rubbish.
After a year of research, she created the Gul Bahao (flow the flowers) project.
With her "team of environmentalists", Latif devises ways of using rubbish to create houses, water reservoirs, fodder for livestock and instant compost.
"This hasn't been easy," she says. "I realised I had to dedicate my whole life to it. Once you commit, you can't back out."
"It was also a difficult decision because my father was against it. He told me not to get into this, otherwise, I will be destroyed."
In 2004, Latif established a research centre on government-owned land in front of some shack homes. She recalls how trucks and minivans would roll out of it in those early days.
Now, the centre is full of unorganised stacks of plastic - and a chandi ghar, a type of shelter that has been used to house those displaced by the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan as well as family members of patients at the Civil Hospital Mithi in the deprived Tharparkar district of the country.
Latif says that since 2005, more than 150 of these structures have been made and delivered all over Pakistan.