In Guatemala, the Chorti are direct descendants of the Maya and some 30,000 people speak the language, but the culture is in danger of dying out. In the 1980s, during the civil war, Catholic priests organized women to receive training in trades. Chorti Women Artisans harvest and dye the fibers of the maguey, a plant that has flourished in Mesoamerica for thousands of years. They then weave it with their own hands. This has led to a better income in an area where poverty abounds.